History Department
History Department

Symposium: Galveston Movement—DAY 1

A Centennial Retrospective on a Forgotten Chapter of American Jewish Immigration History

Thu, September 10, 2009 | Texas State History Museum

4:00 PM - 7:30 AM

Symposium is a two-day event: Sept. 10-11, 09

Location: Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Interested in attending entire conference, with meals, register at: 512-936-4649

Participation fee: $25; registration for the symposium is now open and space is limited.

From Benjamin Franklin’s tirades against German immigrants in the mid-18th century, to
the Chinese Exclusion Act in the 19th, our nation has demonstrated a consistent history
of tension over whom we collectively regard as “real Americans” and whom we will
allow into this country.

At the dawn of the 20th century, Eastern European Jews were the
target of the latest xenophobic and anti-immigrant sentiment, as reflected in increased
detentions and deportations at our nation’s immigrant gateways.

This symposium brings together scholars, fiction writers, public health experts,
filmmakers and family storytellers to explore the dramatic tales of thousands of Jews
from Russia and Eastern Europe who managed to enter this country not through the
“golden door” of Ellis Island, but through the southern gateway of Galveston, Texas
between 1907 and 1914.

During this seven year period, over 10,000 Jews were brought to
this nation through Galveston as part of an organized plan—known as The Galveston
Movement—to divert them from the overcrowded and xenophobic port cities of the East,
to the supposedly more laid-back frontier of America’s heartland...

DAY 1—Thurs., Sept. 10, 2009

4 p.m.—Registration-TSHM Rotunda

4:30 p.m.—Welcome and Introductions: Spirit of Texas Theatre
(Laura Hall, Interim Director, Texas State History Museum, and Dr.
Robert Abzug
, Director, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT)

5 p.m.—Opening Address, Spirit of Texas Theatre
“Bring us your Tired, Your Poor, Your Hungry…or Not: Centennial
Reflections on the Galveston Movement in American Immigration
History” (Dr. Suzanne Seriff, “Forgotten Gateway” exhibit curator)

6-7:30 p.m.—Exhibit Tours: Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through
Galveston Island

Reception: Texas State History Museum Rotunda
Booksigning: TSHM Rotunda

Galveston Movement Symposium schedule (PDF, 76KB)

Sponsored by: Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies

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