Discover Bessie’s America

Bessie’s Gallery of Photographs

View photographs relating to Bessie’s journey here.

Listen to songs and old radio shows, take dance lessons,
make a “Baked Alaska,” find your ancestors, watch newsreels…even discover Bessie’s name in the newspaper!

Bessie’s Pillow takes place between 1904 when Nathan comes to America and 1936, the year Bessie and Nathan’s oldest daughter Ann marries Abram Bress. In the resources below, you’ll find radio shows the family listened to, theater they enjoyed, music they knew, political events, and social, technological, and cultural changes that would affect them.

To explore a specific topic area, click on its link below:

 

GENERAL TOPICS

European Immigration

Famous People

Food and Recipes

Health

Housework

Movies

Music and Dancing

News

U.S. Presidents

Radio