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Published on: September 14, 2011

 New Exhibit at the Pratt!

 A traveling exhibit about the contributions of iconic Jewish songwriters such as Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

BALTIMORE – The Enoch Pratt Free Library presents a new and free traveling exhibition spotlighting the contributions of iconic Jewish songwriters.

A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965
Till October 21, 2011
Reisterstown Road Branch
6310 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21215

This colorful exhibit celebrates American popular song during the period 1910 - 1965. The best musical artists of the time combined a genius for melody, a talent for pairing melody with the perfect words, and an ability to connect with a wide audience. A remarkably high percentage of them were Jewish, from families that had immigrated to America in the 1800s or fled pogroms and persecution in Europe at the turn of the century. "A Fine Romance" tells their story, using lively and striking images from Broadway musicals, classic films, posters, and personal collections.

"A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965" was developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.

The exhibit will also feature free programs at the Reisterstown Road Branch:


For more information on A Fine Romance and other exhibits at the library, visit our website at Also look for the Pratt on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare and YouTube.

Remember at the Enoch Pratt Free Library: “Your journey starts here.”


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