History Matters Lecture – Mapping Jewish Charleston – February 21

Historic Charleston Foundation presents
History Matters Lecture –
Mapping Jewish Charleston
February 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

In Mapping Jewish Charleston, College of Charleston curator and historian Dale Rosengarten will present a series of interactive maps that chart Jewish settlement in the city at turning points in each century—1788, 1833, 1910. Each “chapter” introduces themes relevant to the period and links to archival documents, images, and oral histories.

While scholars and historic preservationists are aware that Jewish people have lived in Charleston from the first decades of colonization, most people are not familiar with the basic facts. Who knows, for example, that 200 years ago Charleston boasted the largest Jewish population in North America, and that Carolina claims many firsts in Jewish history—the first Jewish person elected to public office in the western world, the first Jewish patriot to die in the American Revolution, the first dissidents to introduce Reform Judaism to the United States?

By building on what is known, compiling new research, and providing public access to archival material and images via the Internet, the team that created Mapping Jewish Charleston hopes the online exhibit will convey the narrative of Charleston’s Jewish population to the wider world. The final “page” on the 21stcentury—soon to come—will identify new trends in Jewish life, such as the spread of Jewish neighborhoods and organizations across both the Ashley and Cooper Rivers.


College of Charleston
Addlestone Library, Room 127 (first floor near computer area)
205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC


Please register in advance. There is no charge for current Friends of Historic Charleston Foundation’s Donor program. We ask others to consider making a donation of $10 per person and to use the General Public category on the registration form.
Space is limited. If you are unable to attend after registering, please let us know so we can make room for those on the waiting list.

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(Image credit:  Historic Charleston Foundation)