My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wyoming, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ellis Island Dress and American Jewish Historical Society


1905 Handmade Dress
The New England Historic and Genealogical Society (NEHGS) now houses the American Jewish Historical Society. Several months ago, I noticed seeing new signs, new people, and this beautiful dress in a display cabinet. The 5th floor is my favorite location and where I park my folders and body. Within feet, is this lovely dress. There is no proof that the dress was worn at Ellis Island, but I like to believe it was.

After a few visits, I got up enough courage to speak with the person in charge. We chatted, and I mentioned the dress and how I would like to take a photo, then I mentioned my blog. I told her I would like to write a little article about her Society, and to include the dress. She seemed glad about that, but I think she was expecting this post two weeks ago, however, I had to go back to the library yesterday, to get a better picture.

It is rather hard to write something of which I know little about, so from their information comes this, "The New England Collections of the American Historical Society holds the records and papers of Jewish organizations and individuals from the greater Boston metropolitan area and New England.

Permission was granted to take photo of dress, without flash. The dress is enclosed in Plexiglass, and all the ceiling lights were on. There was no way around the reflection.

5 comments:

Carol said...

The dress is spectacular, but those bottons! Outta this world lovely!

Great job, that plexiglass is a horror to film around.

Heather Rojo said...

I had the same problem photographing the Queen's quilt in Honolulu. Plexiglass, even over the poster of the quilt! However, your photos came out very well. The lighting on the closeup of the dress emphasises the texture so well! I'll have to go this for myself!

Susan Petersen said...

The details on this are amazing! Thank you for sharing!

Barbara said...

Thank you my friends of appreciation. You can see why I just had to post this.

Greta Koehl said...

The buttons are awesome - I love the button-up look on dresses, boots, gloves...