Notes from the Tenement

The Tenement Museum tells the uniquely American stories of immigrants, migrants, and refugees in the ongoing creation of our nation. Follow our blog for stories past and present, behind-the-scenes access to the Museum, and more!

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30 Years of Tenement Museum Milestones

Look back at some of the milestones that have shaped the Tenement Museum’s first 30 years.

Browse the latest articles from the Tenement Museum.

Blog Archive | Sep 30, 2013

“Something to Smile About”

It's late September - school is back in full swing, the nights are getting cooler, and the...

Blog Archive | Sep 26, 2013

Soapbox Radicals

Nobody ever accused New Yorkers of being too quiet! In fact, some of the nation's early...

Blog Archive | Sep 24, 2013

Outside the Walls of 97 Orchard

We love our building at 97 Orchard Street; we take great and careful care of the 150...

Blog Archive | Sep 19, 2013

With Roots Like These, It’s No Wonder I Have Wunderlust (Part 5)

The final installment in a series by Victoria Marin, an Educator at the Lower East Side...

Blog Archive | Sep 17, 2013

The American History of American History

This post was written by Adam Steinberg, the Tenement Museum’s Senior Education...

Blog Archive | Sep 11, 2013

What Immigration Means to Our Visitors: Video

On Wednesday September 18th, the museum will host its first Tenement Talk of the season,...

Blog Archive | Sep 10, 2013

Fashion Week? The LES Has Been Fashionable for Years!

Fashion Week is upon us, which means that New York City is overrun with the beautiful, the...

Blog Archive | Sep 5, 2013

With Roots like These, No Wonder I Have Wanderlust (Part 4)

The fourth installment in a series by Victoria Marin, an Educator at the Lower East Side...

Blog Archive | Sep 3, 2013

Yelling for an Egg: Filipino Food In Brooklyn

 This post was written by Sarah Lohman, and is one of a series that Sarah is writing as...


Meet some of the people whose stories are told through the Tenement Museum. A visually compelling experience, the book is culmination of over 30 years of dedicated stewardship of 2 Tenement buildings on Orchard Street through vivid photographs of the last two centuries.

Your Story, Our Story features objects that tell personal stories of American immigration and migration. The Tenement Museum invites people across the country to share these mementos and stories in our online digital storytelling exhibit.