The Gateway Chelsea Project is providing free walking tours that explore Chelsea’s rich Jewish history and evolving present. For over 150 years, and for so many different peoples from all over the globe, “Welcome to Chelsea” has meant “Welcome to America.” Twentieth century Chelsea was home to more Jewish residents per square mile than anywhere outside of New York City. Such rich Jewish culture could scarcely be experienced anywhere else. Today, Chelsea is one of three cities in Massachusetts with a majority Hispanic/Latino population. As its diversity has continued to broaden, its economy has continued to develop, along with its thriving cultural scene.
On our free tours, we will discuss the swell of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in the early twentieth century, the mark that the growing Jewish population made on this city, and what has changed over the past few decades. We do these tours with the intention of honoring those who have walked before us and forged the ongoing tradition of Chelsea as welcoming port-of-entry for new Americans.
We hope that you will join us!