ALBANY–Prof. Harvey Strum will discuss the history of Albany’s Jews from the 17th century to the 1990s, but will focus on 1870-1950 in a talk entitled “From South Pearl Street to Suburbia: Jews of Albany.” The 1 p.m. lecture will be in the Librarian’s Room-New York State Library, 7th Floor-Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Ave., Albany. The lecture is free and open to the community.
Strum will look at the institutions that immigrants created to adjust to life in Albany and to retain their sense of identity, like Workmen’s Circle or Temple Beth Emeth.
Strum has been a professor of history and political science at the Sage Colleges for 30 years. His areas of research are the politics of the early national period, War of 1812, American aid to Ireland in 1847, 1863, and 1880, Anti-Irish nativism in the mid 19th Century, and American Jewish history. His most recent article on Jewish history was published in spring 2016 in the Hudson River Valley Review and reviewed the impact of World War I on the Jews of the Capital District.
Registration may be made online at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/programs/ or by phone at 518-474-2274.