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 | May 27, 2015

Don’t Doubt the Immigrant: Frank Capra and the Love of the Adopted Nation

A friend of mine from back East moved, for college, to the west coast. Stalled in...

Blog Archive | May 19, 2015

If You Can Make It Here: Becoming American through the Homestead Act

  It began as just your average New Year’s Eve party in Gage County, Nebraska...

Blog Archive | May 12, 2015

A Century Apart, Deadly Earthquakes Bring a Diaspora Together

On December 28, 1908 one of the worst earthquakes in Europe’s history tore into the...

Blog Archive | May 5, 2015

Bringing up Baby

  Last Christmas, after dinner, I had a baby. What followed was the longest, fastest...


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.