Exhibit on Jewish Community in Pittsburgh from 1846-1980 Made Possible by a $154,000 Neh Grant
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Exhibit on Jewish Community in Pittsburgh from 1846-1980 Made Possible by a $154,000 Neh Grant

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A grant of $154,000 has been awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and the Institute for Research in History to produce an exhibition to be called “In Pittsburgh/Of Pittsburgh,” it was announced today by Barry Deutsch, president of the AJCommittee Pittsburgh chapter.

The exhibit, which will open May 1, 1982 at the Pittsburgh Plan for Art, will document the history of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh from 1846 to 1980 and will explore the integral role of the Jewish community in the rich ethnic and religious diversity of the “Renaissance City.” It is hoped that the exhibition will stimulate other ethnic groups to undertake similar projects based on their own unique historical experience, Deutsch said.

From June, 1982 to March, 1983, the exhibition will travel throughout the greater Pennsylvania area and is expected to be seen by more than 140,000 people. Dr. Corrinne Krause, historian and member of the board of the Pittsburgh AJCommittee, will direct the project; Sylvia Robinson, chairperson, and Eileen Lane, co-chairperson, have been appointed to head the exhibition committee.

Artifacts, historical photos, printed and audiovisual materials will constitute the four sections of the exhibition: Family and Faces; Creating a Jewish Life; Meeting Human Needs; Making Pittsburgh Some-place Special. “In Pittsburgh/Of Pittsburgh” will trace the history, ideals, values, neighborhoods and growth of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community. It also will explore the historic interface between the Jewish and non-Jewish population of the city, and the resistance and adaptation which are characteristic of the American emigrant and ethnic experience.

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