Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries

Check out the exhibit on Jewish life in Maine at the Maine State Museum, running through Oct. 21, 2019! This exhibit builds on a decade of research by Colby students and faculty as well as other community historians. To whet your appetite, and for those who cannot visit the museum in person, you can access…

With a Little Help from My Friends…

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…

Jewish immigrants in Maine

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…