Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Walk in Emma’s Footsteps

If you have a fancy phone and a comfy set of shoes, we have some really good news for you. The Museum has created a free mobile walking tour of Emma Lazarus’ New York, which will complement our upcoming exhibit about all things Emma. The tour of Gilded Age New York is narrated by Julianna Margulies (whom we wish a hearty Mazel Tov on her recent Emmy), and features a reading of Emma's famous poem“The New Colossus,” by Meryl Streep. The mobile tour features 19 former and current historic sites that shaped Emma’s experience and legacy including her homes and her literary and artistic haunts. For instance, see this photo of Union Square in 1853. Doesn't it look different without the dog run, skateboards, and farmers' market?

The application is a GPS-enabled tour and map that consists of annotated historic tour sites, a slide show, and audio commentary featuring experts in the field of Jewish history, art history, and the history of the Statue of Liberty. The downloadable tour is available for iPhone and Android.

Union Square, looking south in 1853. Courtesy the Picture Collection, New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

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