MN90: At home on the Iron Range – Restoring a Jewish legacy in Virginia, MN

MN90: At home on the Iron Range – Restoring a Jewish legacy in Virginia, MN

1909 Photograph showing the B'nai Abraham Synagogue under construction

Construction of B'nai Abraham synagogue in Virginia

Construction of B'nai Abraham synagogue in Virginia, 1909.

B'nai Abraham Synagogue, Virginia

Dedicated in 1909, the red brick synagogue of Virginia's B'nai Abraham congregation was called the most beautiful religious building on the Iron Range. In the early twentieth century, the synagogue was the heart of Virginia's Jewish community. A declining congregation forced the synagogue to close its doors in the mid-1990s. However, community support and renovations have made B'nai Abraham a center of Virginia's cultural life once again.

Hotel Luksenborg

Hotel Luksenborg 309 Oak Street, Carver, Minnesota. Built in 1852.

Photograph of an 1860 structure in Carver Minnesota

Springside, Greek-Revival-Federal

Springside, Greek-Revival-Federal at 113 Fourth Street West, Carver, Minnesota. Built in c.1860.

photograph of an 1870s hardware store in Carver, Minnesota

Hebeisen Hardware

Hebeisen Hardware 109 Third Street East, Carver, Minnesota. Built c.1870.

Photograph of a 1925 Mobile gas station in Carver Minnesota

Mobile Gas Station

Mobile Gas Station at 200 Broadway, Carver, Minnesota. Built in 1925.

Contemporary photograph of an 1856 structure in Carver Minnesota

Gables

Gables at 201 Fourth Street East, Carver, Minnesota. Built in 1856.

Carver Historic District

The city of Carver has a long and rich history as one of the earliest communities in Carver County. Located on the Minnesota River, it was often the first place immigrants to Carver County visited. From there, they spread out to other towns and farms.

Noiseless Automatic Sewing Machine designed by by the Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company in London, England. The treadle and gears run smoothly on this chain stitch sewing machine. The machine is mounted on a wooden table with an iron base, a foot treadle, and three drawers.

Wilcox and Gibbs Sewing Machine

Noiseless Automatic Sewing Machine designed by by the Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company in London, England in 1871. Used by the Frederick Spangenberg family.

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