The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) here at the Center is home to the original manuscript of “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus—the poem that graces the Statue of Liberty. Perhaps the poem’s most famous lines are “Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This New York Times article (“How a Sonnet Made a Statue the ‘Mother of Exiles’”) includes an image of the poem written in Lazarus’s own handwriting in her original manuscript notebook, courtesy of the AJHS. The Statue’s 125th birthday is this Friday, October 28th.
Reminder: The Center closes at 2pm today (Wednesday) and will remain closed on Thursday in observance of Shemini Atzeret and Friday in observance of Simchat Torah. We will reopen on Sunday, October 23rd. Be sure to visit us on Sunday to see our exhibitions currently on view or to visit our reading room and genealogy institute. 15 West 16th St., btwn 5th and 6th Aves. Click here to start planning your visit.
Reminder: The Center closes at 2pm today (Wednesday) and will remain closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Sukkot. We will reopen on Sunday, October 16th. Be sure to visit us on Sunday to see our exhibitions currently on view or to visit our reading room and genealogy institute. 15 West 16th St., btwn 5th and 6th Aves.Click here to start planning your visit.
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