The 7-foot marble tablets had been put to a humble use - as vapor barriers in the bathroom shower of a Wyoming home.
But Jewish names etched on the tablets, which were uncovered during a remodeling project more than a year ago, gave homeowner Linda Towles pause.
What neither Towles nor the construction workers who were about to destroy the tablets knew was that those names included many of the people who gave money to start Hebrew Union College - America's first Jewish theological school - in 1875.
After her discovery, Towles called Rabbi Abie Ingber, executive director of the Hillel Jewish Student Center at the University of Cincinnati, and told him she thought the tablets may belong to the Jewish community.
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