The exhibition presents the experiences of one of Maine’s distinctive communities over 200 years, from 19th-century immigrants to more recent residents and summer visitors. Illustrating how Jewish life has become an essential part of Maine’s rhythms and character, it looks at where and why Jews settled in Maine, religious dimensions, working lives, Jewish summer camps, agencies that served Jewish citizens and allowed Jews to serve their neighbors, obstacles to full integration, and barriers overcome.
Hosted by the Maine State Museum.
Banner image: One of many photographs featured in the exhibit will be this ca. 1900 image of dry goods peddler Israel Goldman pictured in front of a house in Amity, Maine. Goldman, who was part of greater Bangor’s Jewish community, traveled as far north as Fort Kent to sell dry goods and later had stores in Danforth and Old Town. Isaac Simpson, photographer, Maine State Museum Collection.