Recorded Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Join Marisa Scheinfeld, author of The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland for an illustrated lecture with photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. Scheinfeld, who grew up in the famed region, shot the images inside and outside locations that once buzzed with life as year-round havens for generations of people. In her illustrated talk, she will discuss the rise, fall, and impact of the Borscht Belt along with the deeper, more layered meaning she finds in her work. She will also discuss the founding of the Borscht Belt Historical Marker Project, a historical marker trail she is working on with a group of historians and artists that commemorates the era.