American Music from Immigrant Roots

American Music from Immigrant Roots

This post was written by Museum docent Maxine Simson. Irving Berlin has been called the greatest songwriter in the history of popular music. His career spanned most of the 20th century and his beloved songs are still heard all over the world. An amazing fate for a man who could only play the piano in […]

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Step Away From the Screen on Friday, March 9th

Step Away From the Screen on Friday, March 9th

This post was written by intern John Hanson. The Sabbath is perhaps the most visible tradition of Jewish culture. Even those who don’t know much about the religion or its many traditions probably know the basic idea behind keeping Sabbath. It’s well known that on Saturdays, observant Jews abstain from work, retreat from stress, and […]

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A Fond Farewell to Our Hanna Griff-Sleven

A Fond Farewell to Our Hanna Griff-Sleven

By Courtney Byrne-Michelle and Eva Brune.   “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” – Anais Nin Sixteen years ago Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Cultural Programs & Internships, was like a kite […]

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Larry David, Cousin Bernie and Me

Larry David, Cousin Bernie and Me

I admit it. Television shows that trace the family roots of celebrities, like Who Do You Think You Are? and Finding Your Roots provide all the suspense I can handle. I get too scared watching thrillers, much less horror movies, and these programs have the ability to get me nervous about what may lie ahead […]

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