on Merchants Jews in the New World 1800-1900
on Jewish Contributions to Economic Expansion of Retail, Industry
and Finance in 19th century America
Dr. Ruth Abrahams (212) 294-8329
York, NY (August 23, 2010) The lesser-known aspects of the Jewish
contribution to economic expansion in the United States during
the 19th century will be the focus of a conference
to be held at the Center for Jewish History on Sunday,
November 7, 2010.
"Merchants Jews in the New World: 1800-1900," it is
being sponsored by The Gomez Foundation for Mill House. It
is part of their lead-up to the 300th anniversary of the construction
of the Mill House, situated on the upper Hudson River, which was
built by one of the earliest Jewish merchants in this country.
Sessions will include a panel of presentation on 19th Century
developments in three key areas: retail, industry and finance.
Dattel, author of the recently published Cotton and Race in
the Making of America: The Human Costs of Economic Power,
will deliver the keynote address. He will be followed by a series
of roundtable discussions, roundtable summaries, moderated discussions
will include Andrée Aelion Brooks, Jewish historian, journalist
and author; Gene Dattel, financial historian and author; Kenneth
Libo, Adjunct Professor of History, Hunter College; Bonnie S.
Wasserman, Lecturer, Fordham University; Ainsley Henriques, historian;
Kate Myslinski, genealogy researcher and writer and Ruth Abrahams,
executive director of the Gomez Foundation.
conference is the second of three to explore the theme of Jewish
Merchants in the New World. Ruth Abrahams, executive director
of the Gomez Foundation said, "We hope to encourage further
dialogue on the topic of Jewish contributions to the founding
and development of America." The prior year's conference,
she noted, covered the early period, 1500-1800, and the 2011 conference
will focus upon 1900-present.
Center for Jewish History is located at 15 West 16th Street, New
York, NY 10011. A kosher continental breakfast and buffet lunch
will be served. General registration costs $75. Seniors 60 and
over, and students under 21, will be offered discount tickets
at $65, along with members of the Center for Jewish History, their
affiliates and Channel Thirteen. For more information email: gomez
@ cjh.org. To register, click here.
Merchants in the New World:1500-1800,
is sponsored by The Gomez Foundation for Mill House, a not-for-profit
organization registered in the State of New York and established
to support the preservation, conservation and public programs
of the Gomez Mill House Historic Site and Museum in Orange County,
New York, the oldest Jewish dwelling in America. The Gomez Mill
House was founded in 1714, by Colonial American Jewish merchant
and pioneer, Luis Moses Gomez, and was home to Revolutionary patriot
Wolfert Acker, gentleman farmer William Henry Armstrong, Arts
and Crafts paper artisan Dard Hunter, and social activist Martha
Gruening. The Mill House is on the National Park Service's National
Register of Historic Places.