B'nai B'rith Lodge #171 (Denver, Colo.), 1872-1978
Language of Materials
Items are predominantly in English, but recordings feature some Yiddish and Hebrew.
Biographical / Historical
The Independent Order of B'nai B'rith Lodge #171 (Denver, Colorado) was the primary Jewish philanthropic and social service organization in Denver, Colorado, from 1872 through World War II. This fraternal organization received a charter from the National Order of B'nai B'rith on April 7, 1872. David Kline was the first president and Louis Anfenger was the first secretary. Charles M. Schayer served as president in 1876.
Scope and Contents
RMJHS Oral Histories comprises audio and video cassettes of oral history interviews recorded by the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society. The recordings document Jewish history and culture in Colorado in the 19th and 20th century. The men and women interviewed for this collection are descendants of early Jewish pioneers in Colorado or were Jewish newcomers to the region at the beginning of the 20th century. Most of the interviewees were born between 1886 and 1927 and died in the 20th century. Many of them were founders and/or leaders of Jewish organizations, religious groups, medical and social centers, schools, and businesses in Colorado.