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Jewish Hungarian immigrants Adolph and Sam Frankel, c. 1920, in Cushing Oklahoma. Photo from Allen and Cynthia Salzman Mondell's documentary film West of Hester Street

The Autry Museum is proud to present an original exhibition which explores the history and adventure of Jews in the American West from early exploration along the Santa Fe Trail in the 1820s through decades of immigration and settlement in Western towns and cities. Jewish Life in the American West concludes with the Immigration Act of 1924 that effectively curtailed the influx of European Jewry. The exhibition emphasizes the contributions of Jews who built their homes throughout the West. From homesteaders in utopian agricultural communities to the entrepreneurs who created one of America’s greatest exports, the film industry, these pioneers became leaders in business, culture, and community identity while contributing to the diversity of Western communities.





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Jewish Life in the American West: Generation to Generation, on exhibit June 21, 2002 through January 20, 2003