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Sons of the Covenant, Brothers of the Lodge: Fraternal Orders and Immigrant Identity in Nineteenth-Century Louisville

Friday, June 15, 2018: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   15/06/2018 12:00:00 15/06/2018 13:00:00 America/Anguilla Sons of the Covenant, Brothers of the Lodge: Fraternal Orders and Immigrant Identity in Nineteenth-Century Louisville Friday, June 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Dr. Abigail Glogower explores the ways a minority population used fraternal bonds to negotiate assimilation within American society. Sponsored by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY


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In 1843, German Jewish immigrants in New York founded B’nai B’rith (Sons of the Covenant), a fraternal order that quickly made its way to the Ohio River Valley, establishing a regional center in Cincinnati and two active lodges in Louisville. The Filson’s recent acquisition of early Louisville B’nai B’rith lodge materials offers new insights into the social and economic life of this city by illuminating German-Jewish immigrants’ scramble for a foothold in their new home. This talk explores the ways a minority population used fraternal bonds to negotiate assimilation within broader American society while simultaneously cultivating religious and ethnic identity. Dr. Abigail Glogower is the newly appointed Curator of Jewish Collections and the Jewish Community Archive at the Filson Historical Society, a new project supported by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence. Initially trained as an art historian, she recently earned her doctorate in Visual and Cultural studies from the University of Rochester, where her dissertation focused on group identity formation and representation in nineteenth-century America. Abby has worked in public, academic, and special collections libraries, and has conducted education, programming, and curatorial work in a diverse range of museums and cultural institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, the Spertus Jewish Museum, the George Eastman Museum, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame. This event is sponsored by the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence and is part of the In Focus: Louisville History Through a Jewish Lens series.
Sons of the Covenant, Brothers of the Lodge: Fraternal Orders and Immigrant Identity in Nineteenth-Century Louisville

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