Historian and museum curator Ann Meyerson speaks on the history and impact of the Jewish community on Greenwich. Dr. Meyerson has an extensive background in Jewish history in America and is the guest curator of the exhibition "An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich" organized by the Greenwich Historical Society and on view through April 15, 2018.
The exhibition examines how Jews, like other immigrants, struggled with the pull to integrate into American society while retaining the distinct rich traditons of their culture. Dr. Meyerson discusses the Jewish community’s significant contributions to the cultural and economic vitality of Greenwich despite their humble start; low numbers; periods of discrimination; and restrictions on worship, employment, and housing opportunities.
Dr. Meyerson curated the core exhibition at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia which explores 350 years of U.S. history through the lens of American Jews. Most recently she curated "The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World" and "With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews" at the New York Historical Society.
Meyerson was an Assistant Professor at New York University and Director of the Metropolitan Studies Program there. She has a B.A. in History from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Certificate in Museum Studies from New York University