Get ready to be “wowed!”
Chene Street History Project Lecture by Marian Krzyzowski
Tuesday, June 4
Congregation Shaarey Zedek (Southfield)
$5 at the door, RSVPs requested.
Come and hear the stories of Jewish family and business life in this community of neighbors and friends. Stories of friendships, relationships and even a heartening Love Story!
Chene Street, once one of Detroit’s most vibrant commercial corridors, was also the heart of family, work, and social life for hundreds of Eastern European Jews. Although virtually no sign of that neighborhood remains today, Mr. Krzyzowski’s Chene Street History Project has helped to recreate the culture of the community. He provides a glimpse into the day-to-day life of the families who made the area their home, opening shops and businesses along the corridor. Using an archives of nearly 30 recorded oral histories of neighborhood Jewish families, personal photographs and letters and postcards written in Yiddish, Polish and German, the Project is a gem that has attracted the attention of historians, academics and students interested in social history.
The Jewish Presence on Chene Street provides a glimpse into the day-to-day life of the hundreds of Jewish families who made their living along the street and contributed to the growth and dynamism of the Chene neighborhoods. Using an archives of nearly 30 recorded oral histories of neighborhood Jewish families, personal photographs and hundreds of letters and postcards written in Yiddish, Polish and German, the Project has attracted the attention of historians, academics and U-M Jewish students interested in social history. Together this team has devoted hundreds of hours to preserving the material and spiritual world that was Chene Street Jewry.
Marian Krzyzowski is Director of the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy (IRLEE) at the University of Michigan, which carries out research and assists Midwest communities in the area of economic and community development. He has several degrees from the University of Michigan and one from Wayne State University. As director of the Chene Street History Project, Marian has, for 10 years, immersed himself in the social history of a neighborhood that he lived in as a child.