The Gateway Chelsea Project is providing walking tours that explore Chelsea’s rich Jewish history and evolving present, guided by Dr. Ellen Rovner of Boston University and Brandeis.
For over 150 years, and for so many different peoples from all over the globe, “Welcome to Chelsea” has meant “Welcome to America.” Twentieth-century Chelsea was home to more Jewish residents per square mile than anywhere outside of New York City. Such rich Jewish culture could scarcely be experienced anywhere else. Today, Chelsea is one of three cities in Massachusetts with a majority Hispanic/Latino population. As its diversity has continued to broaden, its economy has continued to develop, along with its thriving cultural scene.
On our tours, we will discuss the swell of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, the mark that the growing Jewish population made on this city, and what has changed over the past few decades. We do these tours with the intention of honoring those who have walked before us and forged the ongoing tradition of Chelsea as welcoming port-of-entry for new Americans.
Tickets for the tour are $10 and FREE for all Chelsea residents. You can pay online or by cash or check on the day of the tour.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
139 Park St
Chelsea, MA 02150