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Color image of University Avenue Congregational Church designed in 1907. Despite its name, the address is 507 Victoria, between University and Sherburne, in Frogtown. Photograph by Paul Nelson, October 14, 2014.

University Avenue Congregational Church

University Avenue Congregational Church designed in 1907. Despite its name, the address is 507 Victoria, between University and Sherburne, in Frogtown. Photograph by Paul Nelson, October 14, 2014.

Black and white photograph of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 186 East Fairfield, c.1951.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 186 East Fairfield

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 186 East Fairfield, c.1951.

Black and white photograph of the St. Paul Hebrew Institute, Kentucky Street, 1921.

St. Paul Hebrew Institute, Kentucky Street

St. Paul Hebrew Institute, Kentucky Street, 1921.

Black and white photograph of Herzl Camp, 1990.

Herzl Camp

Herzl Camp, 1990.

Black and white photograph of campers gathering outdoors at Camp Ramah, 1986.

Camp Ramah

Campers gather outdoors at Camp Ramah, 1986. From the Sharron and Oren Steinfeldt Photography Collection of the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.

Black and white photograph of two campers at Dick Butwin Day Camp, 1986.

Dick Butwin Camp

Two campers at Dick Butwin Day Camp, 1986. Photographed by Allen Shumeister. From the Sharron and Oren Steinfeldt Photography Collection of the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.

Black and white photograph of Herzl Camp attendees c.1915.

Herzl Camp group

Herzl Camp attendees c.1915. From the Sharron and Oren Steinfeldt Photography Collection of the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.

Black and white photograph of campers cooking outdoors at Dick Butwin Day Camp, 1967.

Dick Butwin Day Camp

Campers cook outdoors at Dick Butwin Day Camp, July 1967. From the Sharron and Oren Steinfeldt Photography Collection of the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.

Jewish Youth Camping in Minnesota

Organized youth camping became popular in the late nineteenth century against the backdrop of the Progressive Era. In Minnesota and across the U.S., reformers believed that offering fresh-air vacations to poor children living in crowded cities would contribute to public health. Another motive was Americanizing the children of immigrants. The earliest Jewish camps pursued the same goals, with one addition: teaching the Jewish faith.

Black and white photograph of St. Catherine’s alumna Betty Hubbard (right) pinning a corsage on Alice Gustava Smith (Sister Maris Stella, left) at the College of St. Catherine in 1971. Photographed by P.J. Strasser.

Alice Gustava Smith (Sister Maris Stella) and Betty Hubbard.

St. Catherine’s alumna Betty Hubbard (right) pins a corsage on Alice Gustava Smith (Sister Maris Stella, left) at the College of St. Catherine in 1971. Photographed by P.J. Strasser.

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