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The Romance of a People at Chicago’s 1933 World’s Fair

The Romance of a People at Chicago’s 1933 World’s Fair

Celebrating Jewry on the International Stage

Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 7:30 pm


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This special program was held in conjunction
with the opening of Chapter 5 of
Uncovered & Rediscovered:
Stories of Jewish Chicago

On July 3, 1933, Jewish Day was celebrated at the Chicago World’s Fair. The highlight was a spectacular pageant called The Romance of a People, produced by Meyer Weisgal of the Zionist Organization of America. The pageant took place in Soldier Field and its attendance made Jewish Day top World’s Fair attendance records, against a backdrop of Nazi violence abroad and anti-Semitic sentiment at home.

Dr. Lauren Love explored how pageant producers and artists overcame disagreement, creating a spectacle that commemorated Jewish history and boldly asserted a Jewish national future.

Dr. Lauren Love is Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County. Her research focuses on the connections between activism and theater. Her essay on The Romance of a People was recently published in The Drama Review’s special issue on Jewish American performance.


This program was part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure.