Wild Flowers of Palestine – Out of Print

  • Our Press
  • 2014
  • 40 pages
  • Softcover, 2 colour stencil print

The American Colony was an independent, utopian, Christian Colony formed by religious pilgrims who emigrated to Jerusalem from the United States and Sweden in 1881. The history of the Colony is intimately linked to the photography collection it spawned.

Around 1900, Elijah Meyers, a member of the American Colony, began taking photographs of places and events in and around the city of Jerusalem. Meyers’s work eventually expanded into a full-fledged photographic division within the Colony.

Although the American Colony ceased to exist as a religious community in the late 1940s, individual members continued to be active in the daily life of Jerusalem. Towards the end of the 1950s, the society’s communal residence was converted into the American Colony Hotel. The hotel is an integral part of the Jerusalem landscape where members of all communities in Jerusalem still meet.

In 1992 representatives from the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel met in the hotel where they began talks that led to the historic 1993 Oslo Peace Accord.