A Noble Dream: Indiana, Lincoln, and Jewish Americans


A virtual lunch and learn event from the Indiana Jewish Historical Society and Indiana Historical Society. Historian and Brandeis University Professor Jonathan D. Sarna will be the keynote speaker discussing his book “Lincoln and the Jews: A History.” Historian William Bartelt, author of “There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Youth (IHS Press),” will offer introductory comments on how Lincoln’s Indiana boyhood shaped his presidency.
In his Keynote address, Dr. Sarna will illustrate how Lincoln admired, consulted with, was appointed to office, and defended Jewish Americans during his presidency.

Please RSVP for the Zoom Event with the Link Below:


Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 12 PM EDT



“Indiana Jewry has a story to tell. The IJHS is beginning to tell it.”

Dr. & Rabbi Jacob Rader Marcus of the American Jewish Archives wrote those words shortly after the founding of the IJHS in 1972.

Founded in Fort Wayne to collect, preserve, publish, and share the Jewish experience in Indiana, the Indiana Jewish Historical Society is now headquartered in Indianapolis. Our archival holdings, which represent Indiana’s entire state, are housed in state-of-the-art facilities at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis. This collection contains thousands of Jewish life items across the state, and society continues to seek materials for the collection. The IJHS also encourages the preservation and promotes Jewish historic buildings, monuments, markers, and cemeteries.

With Support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis