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  • Statue of Religious Liberty

    Statue of Religious Liberty

    The City of Philadelphia, Fairmount Park Commission

     

    Religious Liberty stands at the corner of 5th and Market Street, greeting visitors to the Museum and all who walk or drive past the building. Originally unveiled in 1876 on the grounds of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the statue serves as a beacon to all who seek to enjoy the religious freedom promised by our nation’s founding documents.  Click the image to read more about the monument.

  • Landscape

    Landscape, ca. 1911
    Morton L. Schamberg
    Pastel on paper
    National Museum of American Jewish History, 1983.32.1
     
    Best known as a bold pioneer of the Precisionist movement and for his iconic black and white photograph of a Dadaist assemblage of plumbing pipes, Morton L. Schamberg (1881-1918) was sharing a farmhouse in Bucks County with fellow artist Charles Scheeler when he executed this intimate landscape that displays his masterful sense of color.  Click the image to see more art from the Museum’s collection.

  • Piano of Irving Berlin

    Piano of Irving Berlin, purchased from Calvin L. Weser, New York, 1909
    Courtesy of Elizabeth Peters
     
    Like many self-trained pianists, Tin Pan Alley maestro Irving Berlin typically played using the elevated and widely-spaced black keys.  When he moved the transposing lever below the keyboard on this, his first piano, the keys shifted so that the hammers inside the piano hit different strings, allowing music to be composed in various keys.  Berlin bought the piano in 1909 and used it while writing his first major hit, Alexander’s Ragtime Band. The piano is a centerpiece in the Museum’s free-of-charge Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame.

  • Menorah

    Manfred Anson Menorah
    National Museum of American Jewish History, 2011.39.1
    Donated by Dr. Aaron Feingold in honor of Zara Feingold and Rachel Feingold

    Designed by Manfred Anson, an artist and Holocaust Survivor, this menorah’s central feature are the Statue of Liberty figurines.  Anson designed this piece for the centennial of the Statue of Liberty in 1986.  In 2013, President Obama invited NMAJH to bring this menorah to the White House to be lit on the final night of this year’s Hanukkah celebration.

  • NMAJH Logo Flame

    This elegant red and blue flame is a central element of the Museum’s logo. The graphic represents both the ner tamid (נֵר תָּמִיד) or eternal flame that is prominently featured in every synagogue, as well as the Statue of Liberty’s torch which has served for generations as a beacon of American freedom. The intertwining of these Jewish and American themes perfectly encompasses that which NMAJH represents and strives to be.

  • Typewriter

    Typewriter with Hebrew characters
    National Museum of American Jewish History, 1992.57.1


    Philadelphia correspondents used this typewriter to file dispatches for the New York-based Yiddish newspaper The Jewish Morning Journal in the decades surrounding World War II. The Journal, which later merged with Der Tog (The Day),had offices in the bustling immigrant neighborhood of Society Hill. Click the image to read the latest from the Museum.