This panel seeks to bring together scholars who engage the question of Jewish youth as active participants in social change during the twentieth century. By looking at the complex role of these actors across cultural, religious, and geographic realms, this panel will explore some of the following questions: How have individual youth or youth movements mobilized in response to specific historical moments? In what ways have notions of Jewishness intersected with the desire for social change?
Here's a story from a Minnesota that just appeared on 9/30/2017 about a former Minnesota State Public School resident: http://www.startribune.com/orphaned-as-a-baby-88-year-old-bloomington-ma... This bit of Midwest history is still very much alive and relevant.
I was so intrigued by this post that I visitede this orphanage museum last week. I had dug around in some archives of orphanages out in Philadelphia a couple years ago, read up on some of their history, and on some of the academic work on orphanages in the late 1800’s and first half of the 1900’s. But while I grew up in Minnesota and moved back to the state from Philly three years ago, I had somehow never heard of the Minnesota Public School State Orphanage Museum! I thank Anne Peterson for taking the time to show me around.
There were so many of these children across the Midwest! Wisconsin had a similar state school, and thousands of children passed through it in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.