past, the town squares of Europe towns and cities were often
the center of commercial life, and this was especially true during market
days. The square was often tree-lined, and was usually
surrounded by buildings in which business was conducted
between merchant and townsfolk. There would also be
residences within the buildings in the square, as often times
the families of the various shopkeepers and their families
lived behind or above their businesses.
market days, foods and other goods would be brought in from the area
surrounding the town so they could be sold to either merchants
who did business in the square, or within the square itself,
perhaps from pushcarts or by roving peddlers.
It is the
hope of the Museum that, with the assistance of volunteers
with a keen command of a foreign tongue and an active
imagination, a proper representation of businesses within the typical town square
might be displayed.
Such a representation might in the form of a photograph with
descriptive text, or it might even be an audio or video clip
of one or more people talking among themselves or between two
or more people while conducting business.
clips may be in a language other than English; perhaps in
Yiddish or the native language of a particular country. The
town square is not meant to represent any one city or country,
but is or will be an amalgamation of a
variety of locations throughout Europe.... To make a
selection, just click on an underlined hyperlinks.