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 | Apr 29, 2014

Family Life Support

The novel Family Life by Akhil Sharma, which will be the focus of our Tenement Talk May...

Blog Archive | Apr 24, 2014

April’s Visitor of the Month

Our visitors are what make the Tenement Museum the thriving and growing place that it is...

Blog Archive | Apr 22, 2014

Today’s Other Half

Monday April 28th, the Museum's Tenement Talk series will host a conversation about...

Blog Archive | Apr 17, 2014

Ridley’s… Believe It or Not!

The Tenement Museum offers four different walking tours, where our visitors will take a...

Blog Archive | Apr 15, 2014

Getting “Hooked” – 19th Century Human Smuggling on the Mexican Border

Next week’s Tenement Talk discusses After They Closed the Gates, an exploration of...

Blog Archive | Apr 10, 2014

More Harm Than Good

Spring is finally upon us! Soon New York will be blessed with warm evenings and blooming...

Blog Archive | Apr 8, 2014

Kick Up Your Heels!

Many of my favorite nights out on the town have occurred on the Lower East Side; from...

Blog Archive | Apr 7, 2014

Emma Goldman’s Legacy: An Interview with Activist Cynthia Cooper

"Hers was the sensibility not of the intellectual but of the artist; and she performed...

Blog Archive | Apr 3, 2014

History at Home

A few months ago, quite out of the blue, my friend Nathalie emailed me with a rather...

Blog Archive | Apr 1, 2014

One Powerful Handshake

Over the past 100 years, anarchist, writer, orator, and women’s rights activist Emma...


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.