Town Square

In the past, the town squares of Europe towns and cities were often the center of commercial life, and this was especially true during market days.  The square was often tree-lined, and was usually surrounded by buildings in which business was conducted between merchant and townsfolk. There would also be residences within the buildings in the square, as often times the families of the various shopkeepers and their families lived behind or above their businesses.

During market days, foods and other goods would be brought in from the area surrounding the town so they could be sold to either merchants who did business in the square, or within the square itself, perhaps from pushcarts or by roving peddlers.

It is the hope of the Museum that, with the assistance of volunteers with a keen command of a foreign tongue and an active imagination, a proper representation of businesses within the typical town square might be displayed. Such a representation might in the form of a photograph with descriptive text, or it might even be an audio or video clip of one or more people talking among themselves or between two or more people while conducting business.

Audio clips may be in a language other than English; perhaps in Yiddish or the native language of a particular country. The town square is not meant to represent any one city or country, but is or will be an amalgamation of a variety of locations throughout Europe.... To make a selection, just click on an underlined hyperlinks.



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Reb Yankel's Tailor Shop: Alter would like to have a suit made for his son.
     Language: Yiddish; Country: Poland




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