Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling is the latest original exhibit from the JMM. Join exhibit curator Zachary Levine for an exploration of this exciting exhibit, we will discover a story of transformation, that of both the scrap itself plus the individuals who worked within the industry. Zach will also share with us some of the stories, objects and images that didn’t quite make it into the exhibit.
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Jonathan Z. S. Pollack will speak about Jewish immigrants in the Scrap industry during the period from 1890-1924. In the late 19th century, Jewish immigrants to the United States found their way into the business of collecting, sorting, processing, and selling scrap, surplus, and second-hand materials. From these humble roots grew multi-generational businesses in cities and towns across the United States. The history of Jews in scrap gives us a window into immigration networks, the nature of Jewishness, and the structure of Jewish communal life.