Happy Birthday, Statue of Liberty! This month, the Statue of Liberty turns 125 years old. Originally a gift of friendship from France to the United States, the Statue has become the voice of welcome for generations of immigrants due to the words of one extraordinary American Jewish poet: Emma Lazarus. Emma Lazarus is one of the first 18 Jewish Americans to be included in the Museum’s Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame, a signature gallery in the new Museum’s core exhibition sponsored by Nextbook Press.
Join Esther Schor, author of Emma Lazarus as she explores the life and writing beyond the words, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, and for which Lazarus is popularly known, and highlights Lazarus’ unique American Jewish experiences and identity. Book sales and author signings will follow.
Professor Schor will be in conversation with Melissa Martens, curator of Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles, opening Oct. 26 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York.