Readers of the blog may recall that we entertained a wedding proposal here in November. There was another one December 24 between Eli Sinnreich and Elizabeth Konigsberg, and last Wednesday Michael Brandwein (brother of MJH staffer Monica Brandwein) proposed to Meira Faratci.
Michael chose the Keeping History Center as the inspiring location and posted his poetic proposal in the “Dreams” section of the KHC website. The charming poem was a reflection on moments in their relationship and ended with Michael on bended knee, asking Meira, “Will you marry me?” What made this proposal particularly unique to the Museum of Jewish Heritage is the box, or rather boxes, from which the ring emerged.
Meira was presented with a Plexiglas box simulating an artifact case. The artifact itself was a ring box and the label accompanying the artifact was a description of the ring it held inside, how the ring came to be presented to Meira, the day and date. You can see the box in the photo. A piece of candy substitutes for the ring.
I am happy to report that so far we are three for three in this recent spate of Museum marriage proposals. I myself have a certain appreciation of them. I became engaged on Dec. 29, 1992 at the Museum of Modern Art and I am positive that not a single other soul was aware of what was happening. Just as we ask our visitors to look more deeply at objects and possibly learn more about themselves and their world, it might be helpful to look at other people the next time you’re in a Museum (especially ours). You just never know what kind of history you might be witnessing.