This past spring saw an increase in unsolicited and unscheduled visits to the mural, but the Project Team has also begun to work with educational institutions to schedule visits in conjunction with college and university courses.
The mural is a complex work, and it can be a nexus for learning about life in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust, unlocking symbols that are unique in Jewish art, or imagining Burlington more than a century ago. That’s one reason local educators have wanted to find out more and to introduce the mural to their students.
Recently classes visited from the Community College of Vermont and the University of Vermont. Dr. Felicia Kornbluh, Associate Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at UVM, wrote, “It was just invaluable to see the artifacts, which gave texture and local dimensions to the history we have been learning about Eastern European Jewish migration to the U.S. Our discussion of the lost shul mural was very moving and illuminating. I know that the history we learned is still percolating with the students, and will do so for a long time yet.”
We anticipate more class visits this coming school year, and will be reaching out to younger school groups at all levels as we develop content and programming to assist teachers and guides.
If you’d like to arrange a group tour, or would like one of the Project Co-Directors to speak at your school or community organization, please let us know via FB or contact Jeff Potash.
Also, if you are an educator, going forward let us know both logistical and content questions you’d like us to address.