This major award-winning exhibit, from the Elgin Area Historical Society, focuses on a century of the Jewish experience in the Midwestern community of Elgin, Illinois. Starting with the arrival of the Adler brothers in the 1850s, it portrays a significant story of struggle and achievement culminating a century later with the building of a new synagogue, the consecration of a Jewish cemetery and the valued participation of Jewish individuals in all aspects of Elgin’s life.

This exhibit won a Mayor's Preservation Award and will be on display at Congregation Kneseth Israel, 330 Division, Elgin, until May 2013. Weekdays, 9:00 to 3:00, or call for week-end hours, 847-742-5656, before visiting.

The information is also available in a brochure available here.

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The exhibit at the Historical Society drew visitors from around the United States, including Dr. Marshall Goldman of Cambridge, MA and his family. Professor Goldman's grandparents Harris and Anna Goldman were important figures in Elgin's Jewish experience.

  Exhibit catalogs are available for sale in the museum shop.

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