Happy Birthday Emma Lazarus!

Happy Birthday Emma Lazarus!

A Walking Tour in Celebration of Emma Lazarus' 170 Birthday

Co-Sponsored with the Center for Jewish History

Monday, July 22, 2019, 6:30 pm

This Date is SOLD OUT - Second Date Added: August 8, 2019

Born on July 22, 1849, Lazarus is best known for writing The New Colossus, the poem emblazoned on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.  Friend to Ralph Waldo Emerson, cousin of Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo, Emma Lazarus grew up in a prominent Sephardic-Jewish family, was educated by private tutors, and called Union Square home. Our twilight tour will pass by the gorgeous brownstone home where she wrote her most famous poem, the art studios and publication houses of her literary friends, and the almost-hidden cemetery of her family's congregation. Along the way, Annie Polland, Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society will tell the story of this gifted and fascinating woman and the changing city that inspired and motivated her. We will end at the Center for Jewish History, where we will see Emma Lazarus' handwritten manuscript of The New Colossus, and celebrate her life with birthday cake.