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Our oral history digitization project was recently honored with an Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations! Oral history has been the heart of the Jewish Historical Society’s collection since the organization first started documenting the Jewish history of the Hartford region. In this project, we digitized 820Read More →

Image of a matzah cover; round piece of cloth embroidered in colorful thread

This embroidered matzah cover includes the blessing over matzah that is part of the Passover seder. The multicolor design surrounds a symbol embroidered in green and pink, and the numbers “18” and “99” on either side may indicate the date. Donated by Mrs. Michael Fleischer.Read More →

One of the most influential politicians to emerge from Hartford’s immigrant East Side, Herman Koppelmann was elected to Hartford’s City Council in 1903, and went to serve in the Connecticut General Assembly, the State Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. He was the first Jewish person from Connecticut electedRead More →

Our 2019 debut item for Artifact of the Month is this adorable Corona XC-R Yiddish typewriter. The serial number 640285 dates this typewriter to 1929, when Smith & Corona Typewriters, Inc. was manufacturing portable folding typewriters popular with journalists and home users. The company’s 1920s manual boasts that its productRead More →