Tuesday, Oct. 13
- Jewish History and Memory: Deep in Brooklyn, we stepped off the F train to find a view overlooking Washington Cemetery, a predominantly Jewish burial ground dating back to the 1850s.
- The students had spent the first half of the semester researching the families, work, and homes of Polish Jews who immigrated to the U.S. Many were buried right here, along with parents, spouses, siblings, and children. Walking these paths, while the F train rumbled by overhead and today's residents bustled about their days, turned the documents scanned and logged on ancestry.com into real stories.
- While much of this trip has looked at Jewish neighborhoods of the past, our next stop was a glimpse into a modern community. Brooklyn's Borough Park is home to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel. It began in the early 1900s as immigrant families made their way to the U.S., but the population shifted in the latter part of the century to one of primarily Hasidic Jews.
- Humanities Fellows: Our final morning turned once again to research, this time with a visit to the Morgan Library and Museum. Inside the sprawling complex we found collections of historical manuscripts, early books, and old master drawings, as well as rare music, early children's books, and Americana.
Monday, Oct. 12
- Jewish History and Memory: This morning, we headed south for a walking tour of the Lower East Side. The neighborhood was formed as immigrant families shuttled from Ellis Island to Manhattan and established their roots right where they landed.
- We saw how the landscape has evolved, with turn-of-the-century businesses now serving as home to trendy restaurants in the shadows of modern high-rises.