“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This famous quote, recognized worldwide as the welcoming decree inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, was penned inside a townhouse in Union SquareThe New Colossus, a poem written to fundraise money for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal in 1883, is the most famous piece written by Emma Lazarus, a poet who grew up in a prominent Sephardic-Jewish family in New York City. This July, you can celebrate Lazarus’ 170th birthday with the Center for Jewish History. Joining members of the Center led by the Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society, Annie Polland, guests will pass by the gorgeous brownstone home where Lazarus wrote her most famous poem, the art studios and publication houses of her literary friends, and the almost-hidden cemetery of her family’s congregation. After the tour, head back to the Center for Jewish History for birthday cake and to get an up-close look at a handwritten manuscript of The New Colossus. You can joint his free celebration if you are an Untapped Cities Insider! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain free access to behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long!

DATE: Monday, July 22nd 2019, 6:30PM-8:30PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!

CAPACITY: 10 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis. This event will also be open to members of the Center for Jewish History.

REGISTRATION: Opens Monday, July 8th, 2019 at 12PM EST

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Courtesy of the American Jewish Historical Society

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