Roman Vishniac, Surprise Lake Camp, Cold Spring, New York, late 1940s
©Mara Vishniac Kohn, courtesy International Center of Photography
Surprise Lake Camp was established in 1902 by the Educational Alliance to serve the underprivileged residents of New York City’s Lower East Side tenements. The camp operated summer and winter programs and provided vacations in the country, educational and cultural programs, nutritious meals, athletic activities, and medical and dental clinics, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Celebrating its 110th anniversary this summer, Camp Surprise Lake is the oldest Jewish resident camp in the United States.
Roman Vishniac’s recently discovered images of 1940s American Jewish communal life and social service organizations are currently being archived and digitized at ICP.
Maya Benton, Adjunct Curator, ICP