Monthly Archives: October 2012

Great Question: Where is Kastoria?

Questions posed by our visitors lead to great conversations. Occasionally, we’ll post a great question that’s frequently asked, along with the answer, to give you a bit of back story on our exhibits. The Confino Family emigrated from Kastoria to … Read more…

Beer and Morality in the 19th Century

Our upcoming “Shop Life” exhibit re-creates the lager bier saloon operated by John Schneider and his wife Caroline between 1864 and 1886. By 1870, the Schneiders would have been counted among 153,938 German-speaking immigrants living in New York’s Kleindeutschland or … Read more…

“Washboard Weepers”: Soap Operas in the Days of Radio

If you’ve taken our “Hard Times” tour, you’ve seen how life changed for residents over the course of the building’s history. One of the most dramatic changes came when the building got electricity in 1924. This meant no more smoky lanterns or dangerous … Read more…

New Friends, New Histories

Recently, the Tenement Museum’s Oral Historians Yadira Hazel Perez and Tommy Wu have been reaching out to current residents of the Lower East Side to record their stories and memories of the neighborhood. Many of the folks they’re talking to … Read more…

Art (and Food) Beyond Sight

This month, the Tenement Museum is joining organizations around the country to celebrate Art Beyond Sight awareness month, which expands the integration of people who are blind and visually impaired into arts and cultural organizations. For years, we’ve worked with … Read more…

Four Fall Talks with Vivian Gornick

This fall, author Vivian Gornick is leading a series of four Tenement Talks on important works of Jewish immigrant fiction. We kicked off the series this Tuesday with a discussion of Abraham Cahan’s The Rise of David Levinsky. Join us for … Read more…

The Etrog and the Moon Cake: Autumn Festivals on the LES

Though we don’t do much farming in New York City (we’ll talk about some notable exceptions at a Culinary Conversation next spring), we still have an array of harvest-time celebrations to choose from! The 15th day of the 8th lunar month … Read more…