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 | Dec 30, 2013

Traditions We Bake

Somehow, among the beloved sauerbraten (a German pot roast) and the latkes with meltingly...

Blog Archive | Dec 23, 2013

Christmas Window Shopping

It's Christmas time in the City! Christmas season in New York City is filled with...

Blog Archive | Dec 19, 2013

Stories Yun Told Me: The Professional

“Stories Yun Told Me” is a series created by Tenement Museum Educators Jason Eisner...

Blog Archive | Dec 18, 2013

Spectacular Scraps!

While visitors peruse our bookshop at 103 Orchard, upstairs in our classrooms crafty...

Blog Archive | Dec 17, 2013

Lillian Wald and Giving All Year Round

December is a good time think of others and to open our hearts, pantries, and wallets in...

Blog Archive | Dec 12, 2013

“Immigration is Our Past, Our Present, and Our Future”

Here's a remarkable statistic: about 60 percent of New Yorkers are either immigrants or...

Blog Archive | Dec 10, 2013

Shopping with the Kids

“What were the lights made out of?” “What does this barrel hold?” “Are those...

Blog Archive | Dec 6, 2013

It’s Merenda Time!

One hundred years ago yesterday, the Confino family home at 97 Orchard Street would have...

Blog Archive | Dec 3, 2013

Creating Stories and Historians at the Tenement Museum

Every day at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, we give to the thriving, vibrant...

Blog Archive | Dec 3, 2013

Hanukkah – As American As Epl Pie

Passengers riding the elevated train through the Lower East Side on a December night in...


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.