This Week in JPL History: Tur Malka

The above was the first page of the brochure for Tur Malka

The Library is currently presenting an exhibit on the 100 years of the Library’s history. This exhibit has been displayed at Montreal’s Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and will soon open here at the Library. This is not the first travelling exhibit put on by the Library. In 1992, as a part of the 350th anniversary celebration of the city of Montreal, the Archives spearheaded the exhibit “Tur Malka.” The exhibit was a collaboration with the Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives, CSUQ, Congregation Shaar Hashomayam, Temple Emanu-el/Beth Sholom, private donors, le Maison de la culture de la Ville de Montreal, the Jewish Community Foundation as well as La corporation des celebration du 350e anniversiare de Montreal.

This exhibition featured archival materials which spanned the history of Jewish Montreal from 1760-1992. It toured the city over a five month period and consisted of three main sections: Old Montreal 1750-1900, The Main 1900-1945, Snowdon and the Neighbourhoods to the West. Through a number of overarching themes the exhibit mapped the contributions of Jewish Montreal to the cultural, social, economic, and political life of the city.

Partnering with Concordia University, the JPL held a symposium to kick off the exhibit. It opened with a lecture by William Shaffir entitled “Beyond the Mainstream: the Hasidic Jews of Montreal”.

The This Week in Jewish Public Library History blog series was made possible through the generous support of the Peter and Ellen Jacobs Virtual Archives Fund

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