“Henrietta Szold‘s Baltimore” Bus Tour Debut

Posted on May 4th, 2017 by

The past few months I have worked with historian Barry Kessler and Ilene Dackman-Alon on the Henrietta Szold’s Baltimore Bus tour, which launched this past Thursday with a bus filled with local Hadassah members from the Greater Baltimore chapter. In preparation for the tour, I helped to create a booklet that accompanies the tour filled with quotes and images related to Henrietta’s life in Baltimore. I also went on “practice tours” throughout the city with Barry and Ilene. To create the booklet, I searched through the JMM database to find pictures of Henrietta Szold (1860-1945) and her family as well as images of Baltimore’s cityscape that she would have seen or visited in the late 1800s.

Henrietta Szold, about 1910. Gift of M. Jastrow and Alexandra Lee Levin, JMM 92.242.7.4.7

Henrietta Szold, about 1910. Gift of M. Jastrow and Alexandra Lee Levin, JMM 92.242.7.4.7

It was especially meaningful to have this premiere tour be for Hadassah, the organization Henrietta Szold founded in 1912 to provide medical aid to the people of the land of Israel. Barry’s narration of the tour allowed us to imagine what downtown Baltimore looked and felt like in the late 1800s, when Henrietta was born and raised, and gave the Hadassah group a better understanding of the early life of their founder.

I learned a lot about the life of Henrietta Szold and her family in Baltimore, and I also learned a great deal about the city’s cultural and economic history while researching this tour and working with Barry. For example, I learned about the importance of Camden Station, located down the street from where Henrietta was born on South Eutaw Street, and how it was one of the gateways to the city. Camden Station had a significant impact on the economic life of Baltimore’s mercantile industry workers. Nearby, many impressive garment factory buildings sprung up bearing the names Strouse, Sonneborn, and Hamburger, which are now loft style apartment buildings. One highlight on the tour was the stop at the Oheb Shalom Cemetery on the east side of Baltimore near Dundalk. Many prominent Baltimore Jewish families have relatives who were buried here. We stopped to pay our respects to Henrietta’s family- Rabbi Benjamin Szold and his wife Sophie Schaar Szold and their other children (Henrietta is buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem).

Oheb Shalom Cemetery on O’Donnell Street. The group stopped at the gravesite of the Szold family. Photo by Alex Malischostak

Oheb Shalom Cemetery on O’Donnell Street. The group stopped at the gravesite of the Szold family. Photo by Alex Malischostak

Another memorable stop on the tour was the Oheb Shalom Eutaw Street Temple located in Bolton Hill, now run by the Prince Hall Masons. We were able to go inside the beautiful and historic sanctuary which the Masons have preserved so that others can learn more about this impressive building and its history.

Albert Queen, President of the Board of Trustees of the Prince Hall Masons addresses the tour group at the Eutaw Street Temple (former site of Oheb Shalom 1892-1960). Photo by Alex Malischostak

Albert Queen, President of the Board of Trustees of the Prince Hall Masons addresses the tour group at the Eutaw Street Temple (former site of Oheb Shalom 1892-1960). Photo by Alex Malischostak

Iconography from the Eutaw Place Temple inspired by the Great Synagogue in Florence, Italy, now the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge. Photo by Ilene Dackman-Alon.

Iconography from the Eutaw Place Temple inspired by the Great Synagogue in Florence, Italy, now the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge. Photo by Ilene Dackman-Alon.

Henrietta Szold: Living History Character was made possible through the generous support of the Kolker-Saxon-Hallock Family Foundation, Inc., a supporting foundation of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Educational opportunities were made possible by the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Fund of the Associated.

Alex MalischostakPost by Museum Educator Alex Malischostak.

 

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MS 46 Sidney D. Cohen Collection

Posted on January 17th, 2013 by

Thanks to JMM archives volunteers we are getting every closer to our goal of having complete finding aids for every one of our 212 manuscript

Sidney D. Cohen, 1896-1987

Collection, n.d., 1911-1987

?MS 46

Jewish Museum of Maryland

Har Sinai Congregation confirmation class, taken by Bachrach & Bro., 1911. Part of the Sidney Cohen Collection. Sourtesy of Audrey Fox. 1994.189.1

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ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Sidney D. Cohen Collection was donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland in 1994 as accessions 1994.189 by Audrey Fox. The collection was processed at an unknown date and a finding aid was written by Sidney Rankin in 2012.

Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.? Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.? Papers may be copied in accordance with the library?s usual procedures.

Sidney Cohen with the Real Estate Board, Baltimore, c. 1952. Courtesy of Audrey Fox. 1994.189.2

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Sidney D. Cohen was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1896, and was educated in the city public schools and Baltimore City College.? He entered the real estate business in 1924 and subsequently was elected President of B. Howard Richards, Inc in 1933, retiring in 1967.? He was President of the Real Estate Board of Baltimore from 1953-1954.? In addition he served on a number of city committees and commissions and was Chairman of the Downtown and Traffic Committee of the Real Estate Board of Greater Baltimore.? He was appointed by President Eisenhower as a member of the National Committee on Safety as a representative of the real estate industry of the State of Maryland.? Cohen was a member of both the Chizuk Amuno and Oheb Shalom Congregations.? He served on the real estate committee of the Associated Jewish Charities, was a Vice President of the Suburban Club, and also was active in the St. John Lodge of the Masons.

Charles Center Theater Building site, sign describing project, before anything was built, 1960-1965. Courtesy of Audrey Fox. 1994.189.3

SCOPE AND CONTENT
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The collection contains programs, certificates, correspondence, booklets and other documents related to his work with real estate, his participation in Jewish organizations including synagogues and the Suburban Club. The collection is organized alphabetically by folder title.

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More Prohibition stories

Posted on March 1st, 2012 by

The sooner prohibition is done away with the better it will be for the people of theUnited States. All the wickedness existing now among Americans is indirectly traceable to prohibition. I always have been an opponent of the Volstead act and, I may add, a militant opponent.  — The Rev. Dr. William Rosenau, rabbi of the Eutaw PlaceTemple, The Baltimore Sun, January 6, 1930

As the archivist at the Jewish Museum of Maryland the man quoted above was very familiar to me.  We have many items in our collection related to Rosenau including a small manuscript collection (MS 44) and this picture taken only a few years before his statement against Prohibition.

As you might imagine a lot of the local Baltimorearticles about Prohibition center on police raids and the violation of the Volstead Act (the act that outlined what Prohibition would be).  A January 14, 1922 article in The Baltimore Sun, describes five raids that took place here in the very neighborhood where the JMM stands (which was at that time a predominantly Jewish neighborhood).  The article details many dramatic moments including an attack on law enforcement.  “Sergeant Ferguson, Central district, was struck over the head by an alarm clock thrown by a woman supposed to be Mrs. Levine.” (pg. 16)  A few paragraphs later the article describes the discovery of an unfortunate bootlegger operating out of his bakery a few blocks away.  He might have escaped the raids except that a fire broke out in his business drawing attention to two hidden stills.  Stories like this occurred throughout Baltimore and the rest of theUnited States during the 1920s and early 1930s.  Like Rosenau many people opposed Prohibition.  He spoke out against it while other citizens put their protest into action by continuing to buy or even make alcoholic drinks.

Unidentified woman, 1920s. Unconnected with any of the idividuals in the article described above, but still a fabulous period image. 1988.46.12

And now for a little costume inspiration.  Just because the theme is the Speakeasy doesn’t mean that you have to go for the typical fringed flapper.  You don’t even have to go for accurate historical duds.

Consider modern fashions inspired by the 1920s and 1930s

http:///www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/royal-wave-dress

http:///www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/midwinter-mist-dress

http:///www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/pretty-in-mink-dress

http:///www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/sudden-sophistication-dress

Or maybe put a little Steampunk in your costume:

http:///www.polyvore.com/1920s_steampunk/set?id=24582162

Aaron Cohen (left) and Sol Freedman c.1925. I love their hats! 1989.211.023

Fictional characters can add some interest and make you stand out:

Do you have a foundness for Indiana Jones or maybe Nancy Drew http:///nancydrewsleuths.blogspot.com/2011/10/nancy-drew-blog-party-day-4-1930s-nancy.html

Or be a 1920s icon:

Bonnie and Clyde http:///www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/bonnie-and-clyde

Women’s tuxedo – http:///thedreamstress.com/2011/12/porcelaintoys-monsters-music-video-my-screen-debut-as-a-costumer/marlene-dietrich-tuxedo-life-archives-eisenstaedt/

And in case you need a little more here are pictures from our collection

Rose Shapiro Freedman in her bridal gown and veil, c. 1925. Wearing a 1920s era wedding dress to Purim Pandemonium might seem a little strange, but it would certainly make a statement! 1989.211.6.26

Unidentified people, c. 1925. Check out the bathing garb! And the light colored suit. 2003.94.5.39

 

Unidentified woman, c. 1925. As with the tuxedo this look can work for men or women. 2003.94.5.31.

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