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The Bercu Sisters

Dorothy and Harryette Bercu were sisters and Vaudeville performers across the West during the 1920s and 1930s. An exhibit featuring several of their Vaudeville props is on display now!                       … Continue reading

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Wartime Wedding

An internationally known milliner, fashion designer and manufacturer, Hattie Carnegie’s designs were the epitome of high fashion. But even a fashion icon was not impervious to the constraints brought on by the war. With many everyday items rationed, fabric included, … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Jewish Colorado Women

Since the inception of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985, 152 women have been inducted into the exclusive circle.  Four of these trail-blazing women are represented in the Beck Archives collection and will also be featured in an … Continue reading

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Barbie’s Eastern European Jewish Roots

Though introduced in 1959, Barbie’s story begins much earlier in turn-of-the-20th century Poland.  Life in Eastern Europe had become increasingly challenging for people of Jewish faith because of religious persecution and the economic restrictions.  It was in 1905 that Jacob Mosko … Continue reading

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Vaudeville Poster with the Bercu Sisters

Dorothy Bercu was born in Douglas, Wyoming, on June 14th, 1917 to George and Olive Bercu. Her father was a Jewish immigrant from Romania, and her mother hailed from Minnesota. The American West provided many economic opportunities for Eastern European … Continue reading

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Beaded Purse Sold at Guldman’s Golden Eagle Department Store

Leopold H. Guldman was born in Harburg, Bavaria in 1853 and immigrated to the United States in 1870. He was one of Colorado’s leading merchants and philanthropists. Guldman came to the Colorado mountains in search of silver, but found it … Continue reading

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An Immigrant’s Journey From Russia to Denver

Between 1880 and 1925, over 2 million Jews immigrated to America from Eastern Europe. Driven out of their homelands by discrimination, persecution, and grinding poverty, they came to the United States in search of economic opportunity and religious and political … Continue reading

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