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The archives of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest are now located at the University of Minnesota within the Andersen Library at the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. The archives consist of synagogue and Jewish institutional records, as well as historical materials from rural Midwest communities, family and personal histories, oral histories, photographic and film collections, and genealogy materials. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of Jewish homesteading in the Dakotas, Northern Minnesota Iron Range Jewish communities, Minneapolis and St. Paul synagogue records, Jewish women’s organization records, and materials reflecting life on Minneapolis’s North Side Jewish community.
To search the collection or set up a research appointment: please visit the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives website at http://lib.umn.edu/umja. The collection is available and open to the public on the University of Minnesota campus, but an appointment is strongly suggested. Contact Archivist Kate Dietrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-0192.
April 3rd- May 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 3 at 2 PM
Sabes JCC 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Learn how the barely tolerated Jewish junkman, who picked up everything from bones and bottles to rags and iron, became a leader in the Green Revolution. You may find your grandparents’ story here. Produced by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest.
On display in the Tychman Shapiro Gallery & Shared Walls Exhibition Areas
Panel Discussion: Sunday, May 1st at 2 PM
Sabes JCC 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest will hold a panel discussion about Jews in the scrap business in the Upper Midwest on Sunday May 1, 2016, 2:00 PM at the Sabes JCC. Five people who were formerly in this business will talk about their experiences, and the discussion will be moderated by Linda Schloff, a former Director of the JHSUM.
An amazing number of Eastern European Jewish immigrants tried their hand at peddling soon after they arrived. Some graduated from horse and wagon to truck. You can learn more by visiting the upcoming exhibit at the Sabes JCC. (photos courtesy of the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.)
Jews in the Junk Business
JHSUM seeks community’s help with planned exhibition
Click here to read our article in the American Jewish World about our upcoming project. If you have something to contribute please contact JHSUM at 952-381-3360 or Linda Schloff at 651-690-2113 or email Julie Tarshish at email@example.com
Biennial Report by the Bureau of Labor of the State of MN 1903-4
This pdf document is an excerpt from the full Bureau report (2000 pages) with 30 pages dedicated to “The Junk and Rag Industry” with in-depth statistics and descriptions of the work and environment.
Stay tuned for project updates!
Staffing Changes at JHSUM
We thank Katherine Tane for her 19 years of service to JHSUM as both President and Executive Director. We wish her well as the Interim Cultural Arts Coordinator at the St. Paul JCC.
We are pleased to say Julie Tarshish is returning as Communications and Marketing Manager to continue membership communications.
Dear Friend of Upper Midwest Jewish History:
The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest has reached our own historic milestone. Your support is needed as we look to the next phase in the Society’s mission. I know that you, like all JHSUM supporters, treasure the stories and photographs of our families that increase our understanding of who we are and enrich our lives. This is the legacy we leave to the next generation.
Through the leadership of Theresa and Nate Berman, Governor Elmer L. Anderson, Rabbi Bernard Raskas and many others we have developed a unique partnership with the University of Minnesota Libraries. This partnership provides for Upper Midwest Jewish History to be cared for and made available world wide in perpetuity.
This past fall our entire paper archival collections were gifted to the University of Minnesota Andersen Library and are now held at the Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. JHSUM retains the three dimensional cultural artifacts at the Kaplan Family History Center. JHSUM will continue to reach out to the community and continue our efforts to collect the untold stories still out there that need to be documented. We will work closely with the University to share the stories we collect so they can be part of the archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries for scholars, genealogists and families to discover.
The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest is not going out of business. We are working on creating a gallery of Upper Midwest Jewish history in our space on the Barry Family Campus. Stay tuned for exciting developments.
We need your help now to support the continued efforts of JHSUM in seeking new acquisitions and our important mission of telling our history with exhibits and informative programming.
Please demonstrate your love of our Upper Midwest Jewish experience with your gift today. We thank you and appreciate your support.
Jamie Heilicher, JHSUM President
Sharron Steinfeldt, JHSUM Past President
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The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHSUM) is the leading organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to telling the story of 170 years of Jewish history in the region.Founded in 1984, JHSUM provides programming, publications, exhibits, and curriculum to the local and regional community, as well as offering reference and reproduction services to all interested users. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of Jewish homesteading in the Dakotas, Northern Minnesota Iron Range Jewish communities, Minneapolis and St. Paul synagogue records, Jewish women’s organization records, and materials reflecting life on Minneapolis’s North Side Jewish community.
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The purpose of the Society is to promote the vitality and continuity of Jewish culture in the Upper Midwest through preservation, interpretation and education.
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