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Explore Burlington’s Jewish Lithuanian immigrant history and the “Lost Mural,” a unique example of the lost genre of painted wooden synagogue wall murals. Utilizing maps, murals, photos, and surveys, participants will journey with co-founders of the Lost Mural Project, Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash, to understand how a village and its culture was transplanted from Lithuania and sustained in Burlington, Vermont.
The “Lost Mural” is the work of Ben Zion Black, a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant, mandolin orchestra leader, theatrical producer and all-around impresario who immigrated to Burlington. The mural has been recognized as one of only a handful of remaining examples of this once joyful art form, described by experts as a “Holocaust Survivor” and “accidental survivor an otherwise vanished past.”
Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash are on the Board of Directors of the Lost Mural Project and were the catalysts behind the 2015 move of the Lost Mural. Conservators successfully completed the cleaning of the mural in 2021 and its full restoration in 2022. The Friends of the Lost Mural Board is currently in a worldwide fundraising campaign for an immigrant educational initiative. More information at: www.lostmural.org