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, 2014

Questions for the Reporter: We ask Sam Roberts about 101 Objects

A pink “Spaldeen” ball, a bagel, a yellow checker cab… which objects do you think of...

Blog Archive | Sep 25, 2014

A Tenement Thrives in Glasgow

3,218 miles (or shall we say 5229.25 kilometers) away,  at 145 Buccleuch Street in...

Blog Archive | Sep 23, 2014

A New Leaf: Getting in Touch with a Fall Tradition

I've always preferred the fall holidays. Because I was raised "casually" Jewish, fall...

Blog Archive | Sep 18, 2014

Good Neighbors: Steve Yip of the Chinese-American Planning Council

In our Good Neighbors column, Emily Gallagher, our Community Outreach Coordinator,...

Blog Archive | Sep 16, 2014

Good Neighbors: Katherine Chang of the University Settlement

In our Good Neighbors column, Emily Gallagher, our Community Outreach Coordinator,...

Blog Archive | Sep 9, 2014

When Your Building is a Museum

At the Tenement Museum, we think a lot about two particular buildings, 97 Orchard Street...

Blog Archive | Sep 9, 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons, Sell them On the Lower East Side

A pushcart story The immigrants to the Lower East Side at the turn of the Twentieth...

Blog Archive | Sep 5, 2014

Good Neighbors: Milvi Vehik of The Henry Street Settlement

In our Good Neighbors column, Emily Gallagher, our Community Outreach Coordinator,...

Blog Archive | Sep 2, 2014

Learning to Read Buildings

We dedicate a lot of time and energy to teaching students how to read books. I’d like to...


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.