JMM Insights: Just Married! Goes Digital

I just learned that a colleague is having a digital wedding next week.

I do hope they take screenshots and send them to Joanna for our COVID 19 collection. It only goes to show that there is no stopping a June bride. This week we are turning back the clock three years to reprise and expand our 2017 exhibit Just Married!

Virtual weddings sound kind of cool by the way, but I am not at all sure about virtual honeymoons.


Image: The wedding dress above was worn by four Baltimore brides in two generations! Left: Rosalee Cohen Davison, 1952; right: Charlotte Cohen Weinberg, 1954. On loan from Rosalee Cohen Davison, Charlotte Cohen Weinberg, Joanna Davison Golden, and Gwynne Weinberg. JMM L2017.12.1.

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The warm weather has finally arrived, and we’ve officially entered wedding season!

While these ceremonies of commitment are looking a little different these days, it’s important to remember that throughout many hardships, crises, and challenges, love does its best to find a way. From weddings in a displaced persons camp to getting married three times just to be sure to fighting for their marriage to be recognized,  Jewish Marylanders have wedding stories to share!

We invite you to explore the new digital edition of the Just Married! exhibit.

Explore the changing customs and dearly cherished family traditions seen through the Jewish Maryland weddings featured here (my absolute favorite is the two different wedding dresses that were each worn by four different brides). Maybe pick up some new trivia tidbits (did you know in the early  20th century, Maryland was a hotspot for elopements?) Discover exactly what a trousseau actually is! There are also a number of fun “extras” that weren’t included in the original exhibit sprinkled throughout – like A Little Chuppah History and the dreaded Bridesmaid Gown.

You can also take a virtual walk through of the original gallery exhibit to see how the many objects, photos, and archival documents were displayed.

Interested in some behind-the-scenes peeks? Head to these JMM intern blog posts:

>Padding and Stuffing Galore: What It Really Takes to Exhibit Textiles

>Finding My Stories at JMM

>Can’t Touch This: Voices from the Basement

> It’s the Little Things

And one bonus post from non-intern Joanna: When the Collections are NOT what they seem

But this exhibit is not just pictures of pretty dresses (though there are plenty of those!). We’ve incorporated some brain-teasing activities for your enjoyment:

>Anyone who has planned a wedding knows it can take some major switching, swapping, and sighing to perfect the seating chart – are you ready to take the challenge?

>Can you match these newlyweds to their anniversary photos? This is great practice for taking a look at some of your own family albums!

>You might also enjoy re-visiting this behind-the-scenes look at developing these two interactives.

And, of course, we’re always looking to add to our Marrying Maryland collection.

Our goal? To collect at least one photo and invitation from every Jewish wedding in Maryland, past, present, and future. You can explore previous submissions and highlights from the JMM collections, and submit your own family photos and invitations. Help us document all the wedding stories of Jewish Maryland!


Jewish Social Justice in a Time of Quarantine:

An Intergenerational Conversation
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 1:00pm

The weight of the age of COVID19 has put a strain on every aspect of our lives: personal, professional, spiritual. For many of us, it’s also taking a toll on our social and racial justice commitments.

Recognizing that generation is one of the many intersectional identities affecting us right now, let’s get together as Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials for a deep dive conversation about the opportunities and obstacles for social justice work in a time of quarantine.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

An Afternoon of Storyfinding and Storysharing

Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 3:30pm

Join us for a unique program where we will explore the stories in our collection and create stories about what is happening today through writing, drawing, and photography. This program is designed for participants aged five to ten.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!


We look at the sun rising every day.

It’s bright, it’s big, and it warms us up. Our sun gives us light, heat, and energy. A sunny day makes us happy. Our sun happens to be the brightest object in our sky and we are really curious to know more about it.

Wonder about the sun and make a suncatcher to brighten your window!


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