In 1819, Yarrow Mamout was an 84 year old craftsman, land-owner, financier and devout Muslim, who made his home in Georgetown after enduring over 40 years of slavery. Born in Guinea in 1736, he was enslaved and brought to Maryland at just 16 years old, and after gaining his freedom, became well-known and respected for his entrepreneurship, work-ethic, and cheerful spirit.
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Join doctoral candidate Sara Halpern as she shares the experiences of Jewish families in Shanghai during World War II. Using oral histories, memoirs, and archival documents she will explore the separate worlds of children and their parents, the former attending school and playing with friends while the latter struggle to support the family, cope with loss, and seek entry to the United States.
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month. A collection highlights tour takes place at 11am. Explore the galleries with a member of our staff, hear the stories behind the artifacts on display, and learn about Maryland's rich history. Groups of 10 or more must book the tour ahead of time.
Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, Minyan In Kaifeng takes us into the homes of two families descended from an ancient Chinese Jewish community who themselves have never even celebrated Shabbat. They have invited a modern group of Jewish travelers into their homes, leading to a reunion one thousand years in the making. This film is a story of ancient Diaspora, of old dangers and newfound wisdom.
Join us for our free Family Second Sunday drop-in activity. This month we are celebrating the 1970s and making a local vintage Hon accessory. View 1970s vintage objects from our collection and decorate your own cat eyeglasses. No advanced registration is required.