The American Jewish Historical Exhibit and the World's Fair

Despite the in-fighting in the society, the development of an American Jewish Historical Exhibit received fairly wide attention as evidenced in a letter to Mr. Bernard Greensfedler of the Bank of Commerce in St. Louis, and one of the original founders of the Jewish Federation, from the chairman of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company written on August 12, 1901.  The chairman Pierre Chouteau writes, “The subject [the American Jewish Historical Exhibit] is one of such interest and importance that I would like to confer with you regarding it.  As I think it most important for the Louisiana Exposition Co. to get this collection, if it is possible.”  The original exhibition was only proposed to take place in New York City, but was now being considered for not only a wider audience, but also inclusion in a nationalist event.