India & Congress Streets - The Ethnic History of an Intersection
India & Congress Streets - The Ethnic History of an Intersection - lecture presented by Ted Fleischaker
This lecture, presented by Ted Fleischaker, discusses the history of Portland’s Munjoy Hill and adjoining streets. There are not many folks still around from the 1920s who remember, but we know that the neighborhood changed as one went up the hill on Congress Street and the roadways which cross it. The higher one went, the the higher the percent¬age of Jewish residents. The bottom was a thriving Italian area. Halfway up the hill was where Irish immigrants and others who worked the Grand Trunk Railroad and the port resided. So whatever happened to Punsky’s Drug Store? Levinsky’s Army & Navy? The Kosher bakeries along Hampshire Street? And the additional synagogues which at one point dotted this area? And what historic remnants are there of this once robust Jewish neighborhood? Find out answers to these and many more questions, all within the walls of our historic 1921 Etz Chaim Synagogue & Maine Jewish Museum building.