Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington | Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Traveling Exhibitions:
Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln's City

Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln's City at Beth El Hebrew Congregation
Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln's City at Washington Hebrew Congregation
Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln's City at Beth El Hebrew Congregation

One of the most important events in our nation's history, the Civil War forever altered American life. Washington and Alexandria were sites of intense activity. This original exhibition tells stories of Jewish life in Civil-War Washington and across the river in Alexandria.

Mounted as part of national celebrations of Lincoln's bicentennial in 2009, this exhibition includes images from our collections, supplemented by photographs from the Library of Congress and other local repositories.

Read Eugene L. Meyer's review
"The exhibit...tells of a city and country divided and in turmoil through the prism of the small but growing Jewish community here."

The book inspired by this exhibition is available for purchase!

Original edition

Components: Twelve wall panels, trunk, and four replica artillery boxes
Fee: $3,000 including shipping and installation; negotiable

Compact edition

Components: Fifteen 24"x36" vertical framed panels
Fee: $360 plus shipping and installation; negotiatble

Previous Venues

Washington Hebrew Congregation (Washington, D.C.)
Beth El Hebrew Congregation (Alexandria, VA)
Gesher Jewish Day School (Fairfax, VA)
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (Fairfax, VA)
Tifereth Israel Congregation (Washington, D.C.)
Washington, D.C., Jewish Community Center
John A. Wilson Building (City Hall) (Washington, D.C.)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (Washington, D.C.)

For more information on exhibition rental, contact Wendy Turman at or (202) 789-0900.