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Historic St. Mary’s City will hold “The Power of History,” a lecture 7 p.m. Dec. 3 by Ruth J. Abram, founder of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Manhattan.

Abram founded the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, to “promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of varied immigrant experiences on the Lower East Side, a gateway to America,” according to a college nwews release.

She grew up in Atlanta, the daughter of civil rights activist Morris Abram and was troubled by the injustices and inequities she saw permeating society, according to the release.

As a child, she was aware of the discrimination faced by African-Americans in her native South.

At same time, she experienced bigotry personally when excluded from social events in high school because she was Jewish.

Armed with a master’s in history and social work and her unique perspective on American life, Abram shares how she has dedicated her career to harnessing the power of history to stimulate dialogue on contemporary issues.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum examines the experiences of newly-arrived immigrants who settled in an iconic apartment building at 97 Orchard St.

The museum uses stories on architecture, banking, socialism, religion and education to lend historical perspective while promoting understanding and toleration.

In Horizon Magazine Abram said the big question the museum addresses is “how will we be one nation and at the same time enjoy, appreciate and certainly not be afraid of the profound differences we bring to the table based on background?”

Abram is an author, speaker and the recipient of numerous awards.

Before turning to history, Abram was the executive director of the Women's Action Alliance, a national clearing house on women’s issues, the program director for the American Civil Liberties Union, executive director of the Norman Foundation and Title VII coordinator for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

The free lecture will be in the HSMC visitor center auditorium at 18751 Hogaboom Lane in St. Mary’s City.

For more information, call 240-895-4990 or 800-SMC-1634 or email