A Chance for Land and Fresh Air
Russian Jewish Immigrants in Sharon and Amenia, 1907-1940
Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 am
Carol Ascher, Ph.D., is a distinguished historian, lecturer, and award-winning author of seven books and numerous short stories, essays and scholarly articles. Her most recent book, A Chance for Land and Fresh Air, Russian Jewish Immigrants in Sharon and Amenia 1907-1940, highlights the story of thirty Russian Jewish families who, having arrived in America in the early years of the 20th century, purchased farms in western Connecticut, near the New York border. Many of these families had supplemented their farm income by offering rooms and board to New York Jews wanting kosher vacations. Around 1920 they began to move ten miles west to Amenia, NY, on the train line, transforming the town into a lively Jewish resort for the next several decades. Join us as Carol discusses how this unique, little-told story was repeated in rural communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
For more info, please contact Arlene Christensen at (845) 868-1341