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Soapbox Walks
Center for Jewish History
New York, NY
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Soapbox Walks
Featuring a roster of guest scholars and The American Jewish Historical Society's Executive Director Dr. Annie Polland, this series invites you to step back in time and explore the evolution of spirited debates and the physical transformation of the neighborhood.Please Note: All tours will depart from the Center for Jewish History.

Soapbox Walks Calendar:

April 12th: Art & Politics

This installment of Soapbox Walks features Professor Daniel Soyer on politics and art on Union Square, including stops associated with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, the Rand School and Fourteenth Street School of Art.  This tour will depart from the Center for Jewish History.

April 26th: History's Intersection

Union Square is where two major roads intersected and where labor unions gathered energy, and it is also the place where Jewish history and American history intertwined in fascinating and diverse ways. Guided by an AJHS Educator, come analyze the buildings Macys, Tammany Hall, Margaret Sangers Planned Parenthood townhouse and come hear what Emma Goldman, Emma Lazarus and others had to say about immigration, suffrage and free love. This tour will depart from the Center for Jewish

May 3rd:Firebrand Women

In this installment of Soapbox Walks Lara Vapnek features the powerful women speakers--Elizabeth Gurley  Flynn, Harriet Stanton Blatch, Emma Goldman--who captured audiences atop the soapboxes of Union Square.

May 10th: African American History

This installment of Soapbox Walks features Professor Leslie Harris and illuminates how African American history and US history intersected on Union Square, from Civil War demonstrations, Frederick Douglasss 1878 Memorial Day Speech, and early 20th century socialism.

May 17th: Overlooked Landmarks

This installment of Soapbox Walks, featuring professor of historic preservation Andrew Dolkart, explores the architecture and development of the surrounding neighborhood.

June 7th: Jewish Radicals

This installment of Soapbox Walks features Tony Michels and traces how the Yiddish socialist movement influenced NY politics and culture.


Center for Jewish History (View)
15 W 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States


Education > Tours
Other > Family-Friendly

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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