The Times of Mendes Cohen

The three timelines below explore some key highlights of history during Mendes Cohen's long life.


Explore some of the events in "the old world" and America, as well as the technological innovations that occuring over Mendes' nearly century-long life by clicking through each of the three slideshows below.

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The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen was created by:

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Special thanks to: 

The David Berg Foundation; The David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation; Maryland Heritage Area Authority; Homer and Martha Gudelsky Foundation; The Richard and Rosalee C. Davison Foundation; Morris Schapiro + Family Foundation, Barbara P. Katz; The Eliasberg Family Foundation; Members of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Minotaur Mazes.

The Old World 1791

Image of map showing the Pale of Settlement. Text: Following the partition of Poland, more than 300,000 Jews found themselves under Russian rule. In 1791, Czarina Catherine the Great confined then Jewish population to the “Pale of Settlement” – the westernmost regions of her empire.