Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln’s City

All images: Washington Hebrew Congregation, 2007

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."

Original edition


  • 8 wall panels (5'x4' and 3'x2')
  • 4 upright structures with panels (49"x76")
  • Trunk
  • Four replica artillery boxes

Rental Fee:
$3,000 plus transportation and installation;
Transportation cost negotiable.

Compact edition

15 framed wall panels (2'x3')

Rental Fee:
360 plus transportation and installation;
Transportation cost negotiable.

Companion Elements

  • Website and book featuring additional content
  • Poster (available PDF)
  • Brochure

Previous Venues

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