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 | Jul 31, 2014

Visitor of the Month: Wallpaper Memories

In July we had a visitor whose immigrant experience was so not far behind her. Pamela...

Blog Archive | Jul 29, 2014

Summer Reading List

Last winter’s polar vortex has finally receded from memory and you’ve taken that old...

Blog Archive | Jul 24, 2014

Factory Girls: Fashioning a New Identity

Real lovers of fashion have never doubted its importance. But you might ask where was...

Blog Archive | Jul 22, 2014

Hearts and Minds: Italian Americans and their Italian Ties

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is making a few special stops during his trip to...

Blog Archive | Jul 15, 2014

Seven Names for Eight Begechers

As we delve into research for our new exhibits at 103 Orchard Street, we're learning...

Blog Archive | Jul 10, 2014

Factory Girls and Dime Novels

One of the families who lived at 97 Orchard Street were the Rogarshevky's.  The two...

Blog Archive | Jul 8, 2014

Whose Project?

  I live in a housing project. Recently a blogger blasted my project’s...

Blog Archive | Jul 3, 2014

A Star-Studded Perfomance for the Fourth of July

Not that we’re biased, but the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is very much looking...

Blog Archive | Jul 1, 2014

Appetite for Knowledge

New York is truly the city that never sleeps – ride the subway at any time of day, 4...

Blog Archive | Jul 1, 2014

Historically Ever After

I often wonder how a visit to the Tenement Museum impacts the students who visit. What...


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.