The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

The Victorian Society New York sponsors a series of lectures at The English Speaking Union, 144 E. 39th St., between Lexington and Third Avenues in Manhattan. No reservations are required for the free lectures. Attendees are invited to meet the speakers at post-lecture receptions.
Victorian Society New York Free Lecture Series is made possible by a generous donation from Christopher Broadwell and Lewis I. Haber and dues from Chapter members. Join today!

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May 2017

May Lecture – The Syrian Colony of New York in the 19th Century and the “Lost” Lower West Side

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English Speaking Union, 144 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016 United States
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  Immigrants from what was then called “Greater Syria” came to New York beginning in 1880. They settled on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, just steps away from the Battery. In 1890, the community numbered about 2,000 people—the largest Syrian community in the United States. It was also the economic, spiritual and intellectual center of the Syrian diaspora. Along Washington Street were men and women speaking Arabic, Syrian grocery stores and restaurants, four Christian chapels, wholesale and retail merchants…

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