American Jewish History museum

New Nat’l Museum Trumpets Freedom, Hints At Its Costs

As $150 million American Jewish History museum in Philadelphia nears opening, a look at the double-edged story it’s telling.

10/27/2010
Staff Writer

Philadelphia — He was a prominent city official in Richmond two centuries ago, but he is a minor figure in American history. Solomon Jacobs, in a portrait that well displays his serious mien and full sideburns, makes a silent statement here about the lives that American Jews once led and still do.

Five-story museum building is on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, near landmark sites of Revolutionary War. Jeffrey Holder
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