As part of a national project by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., the Richmond Museum of History is launching a first-ever showcase of often hidden history of the local Jewish community, museum officials announced Wednesday.
Pioneers to the Present: Jews of Richmond and Contra Costa County, will open Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. at the museum at 400 Nevin Ave. in Richmond. Representatives of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and other local dignitaries will be at the opening event.
The exhibit is part of the museum’s ongoing “Know Your Community” series.
“We’ll showcase the often unknown stories of the Jewish community in Richmond and Contra Costa County,” said Melinda McCrary, the RMH executive director. “Jews have been an integral part of local history from California’s early days until now.”
The exhibit will also share the results of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s project, “History Unfolded,” which “looked at what people on the home front in local communities knew about the Holocaust based on media coverage,” according to the museum.
Citizen historians in Richmond and other communities nationwide searched local news archives to examine coverage related to Holocaust events during the WWII era. They worked with McCrary to find “intriguing stories about Jewish gold miners, Holocaust survivors, war veterans, business owners, suffragettes, artists and more,” the museum said.
From January through June 30, when the exhibit closes, 12 events will be held. On Jan. 27— Holocaust Remembrance Day—the museum will conduct a “Day of Learning” to raise awareness about the Holocaust. Other events will include book readings, a concert, a workshop on finding Jewish roots and much more.
Details are available on the Museum’s website.