What do Baltimore, Russian Jews, the third oldest synagogue in America, Eastern European Catholics, seances, and Harry Houdini have in common? You’ll find out in this episode, a visit to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, an institution that prioritizes storytelling (and is pretty good at it). Join me for a tour of the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue, a journey back in history to the heyday of the Jewish market on Baltimore’s East Lombard Street, and a celebration of the life of Harry Houdini, the son of a rabbi.
This episode is sponsored by Grove History Consulting.
All the music in this episode is by Seth Kibel and the Alexandria Kleztet.
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Welcome to Museums in Strange Places. I’m your host, Hannah Hethmon, a museum consultant specializing in podcasting for museums, and this is a podcast for people who love museums, stories, culture, and exploring the world.
In this season of the podcast, I’m visiting the museums of Maryland to discover what stories they hold and how they reflect and shape this state’s unique cultural identity.
You can find and follow me/the podcast on Twitter and Instagram @hannah_rfh (I love to hear from listeners FYI).
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- Book: HOUDINI UNBOUND: Espionage in Russia by David Saltman
- Book: The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher
- “History of the Jews in Baltimore” on Wikipedia
- “The Story Behind Baltimore Jews and Their African American Ties” on Times of Israel
- “A History of the B’nai Israel Congregation of Baltimore City“
by Fred Shoken
- Magician David London
- Jewish Museum of Maryland blog
- Houdini on his Water Torture Cell (1914) – Public Domain Recording
- Virtual Jewish World: Baltimore, Maryland