A Valentine’s Day Visit: KSDS Third Graders at the JMM
This post was written by JMM Visitor Services Coordinator Paige Woodhouse. To read more posts from Paige, click here!
On February 14th the Museum was alive with the sounds of students! Krieger Schechter Day School’s third grade class was immersed in the sights, sounds, and stories of Jewish immigrants who called the neighborhood around the Museum home.
It is always refreshing to experience the Voices of Lombard Street exhibit through the eyes and voices of students. An immigrant is “someone who moves from one country to another.” Immigrants might have brought different things with them when they moved, like “pots and pans,” “family photographs,” or they might “wear all their clothes.”
After listening to the hustle and bustle of Lombard Street and counting the chickens in the coop, one students said that “Lombard Street was really busy!” Other students learned that “a pickle was a nickel” and that there were outhouses where “sometimes they used book pages for toilet paper.”
Following their journey through Lombard Street, students discovered the first Synagogue to be built in Maryland, the Lloyd Street Synagogue.
Putting on their archaeologist hats, students worked together to discover real artifacts found during excavations done for the Museum. Using the same method that archaeologists used, the students learned about the history of the people who worshipped in the Lloyd Street Synagogue.
It was a delight to have Krieger Schechter Day School’s third grade class visit the Museum! If you are interested in bringing your class to the Museum, please contact me, Paige Woodhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Make sure to ask about our educational programs for the special exhibit Amending America: The Bill of Rights, on loan from the National Archives and Records Administration, on display from April 8th to May 28th.
Not a student? After taking a peek in our guest book, here’s what other visitors have to say following their adventure through Voices of Lombard Street:
“Brought back memories. I learned to sew on [a] pedal machine, bought chickens and watched them be killed. My mother, a Christian from Galicia, lit candles for Sabbath. Love it. Well done. Will return.”
“Loved seeing and hearing the Lombard Street.”
“Fantastic exhibit – my children (aged 6 & 9) loved and played with all the child-friendly attractions. Thank you!”
“Thank you for such an interesting exhibit about immigrants to Baltimore. I especially loved all the quotes.”
“Very nice trip down memory lane.”