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Modifed trade card of a combination steam and sail boat, Kaplan Collection.
Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1555 - 1890:
The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica
On exhibit February 18 - June 9, 2014
The Kaplan Collection, donated to Penn in November of 2012, is considered the most important private collection of its kind. It consists of over 11,000 individual items that document an astonishingly broad range of commercial, social, religious, political, and cultural ties that connected Jews and the general public from the colonial era through the onset of mass migration at the end of the nineteenth century. This exhibition, mounted in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History, features a treasure trove of representative examples of Jewish life around the Atlantic. Among the earliest items in the collection is a late 16th-century codex of the proceedings of the Mexican Inquisition against a New Christian accused of Judaizing, with handwritten and signed confession. Engraved maps dating from the 17th and 18th centuries are among the first to document Jewish per-manent settlement in the New World. A major component of the collection focuses on the development of Jewish mercantile, social, and religious activity in the Americas of the 19th century.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 9:30 AM-5:45 PM
Symposium - Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1555 - 1890

Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
6th floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
This event has already passed but a schedule of the day is available here.
Exhibition Catalog
A companion volume to the exhibition, featuring essays by the speakers at the symposium, is available here.
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm
For further information (215.898.7088 or rbml@pobox.upenn.edu)
free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)