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Women's History Salons
The "Salome" Ensemble: The Story Behind the Lost Feminist 1925 Film
Alice Kessler-Harris, Hilary Hallett, Lara Vapnek, Valerie Paley (moderator)
Wed, January 29th, 6:00 PM | Dexter Hall | $15 ($12 Members, $8 Women’s History Council Members)

Join us at the Center for Women's History for thrilling programs and intimate conversations with scholars, journalists, artists, activists, businesswomen, and more amazing leaders of today. Guided by its expert committee of scholars, the Center has a full calendar of public events and salons to explore.


In 1925, a silent film called Salome of the Tenements premiered at the Rialto Theatre in Times Square. Ahead of its time, the movie featured a fascinating array of women both behind and in front of the camera. Based on the bestselling novel by Anzia Yezierska, it explored the world of immigrants on the Lower East Side and was inspired by the life of activist and feminist Rose Pastor Stokes. Sonya Levien wrote the screenplay, and Jetta Goudal played the lead role. Join our panel and explore the story behind this unique project that arrived at a time when women were claiming their place as consumers and creators of mass media.

Refreshments will be served.


Dexter Hall gallery at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee particpation. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

Lead support for the Center for Women's History programs provided by
Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, Jean Margo Reid, 
and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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