The latest addition to this website is a co-authored essay by David M. Freidenreich and Kristin Esdale ’16, “With a Little Help from My Friends: Jewish Mutual Assistance in Nineteenth-Century Maine.” This is a pre-publication draft of an article that will appear in Maine History, but perhaps not until 2020 due to a backlog of articles awaiting publication. Not only does this article describe the ways in which some of Maine’s earliest Jews tried to support one another, its very existence reflects the faculty-student collaboration at the heart of Colby’s Maine Jewish History Project. We all benefit from a little help!
This year, students researched the experiences of Jewish immigrants who made Maine their home. Read their work, or watch videos of the presentations they delivered at the Maine Migrations, Past and Present conference:
- “The Merchants and Peddlers of 19th-Century Maine” by Kristin Esdale ’16 [pdf of essay] [video of conference presentation]
- “Ghosts of Grief: How Children of Holocaust Survivors Navigated Childhood in Maine,” by David N. Giesel ’15 [pdf of essay] [video of conference presentation]
- “The Maine Point: Transmitting Jewishness L’dor Vador,” by Lauren Gluck ’16 [pdf of essay] [video of conference presentation]
- “Soviet Jewish Immigration to Maine,” by Mikaela Johnson ’16 [pdf of essay] [video of conference presentation]
- “Lean on Me: Community Building within Bangor’s 1850s Jewish Population,” by Jocelyn Thomas ’16 [pdf of essay] [video of conference presentation]
Of related interest is the following Maine Migrations presentation: “Jews and higher education in early 20th-century Lewiston-Auburn,” by David Freidenreich