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 29, 2015

Tradition (and Individual Talent): How the Stories of the Shtetl became a Broadway Sensation

One of the best-loved musicals of all time returns to Broadway this fall, with...

Blog Archive | Sep 22, 2015

Honoring Adam Purple: a Tenement Staffer Remembers a Community Activist

  I’ll never forget the first time I saw Adam Purple.  His long, white...

Blog Archive | Sep 15, 2015

In Vogue: a quick history of the Garment Industry and the Lower East Side

September can be the herald of a fresh beginning. For students, September brings the...

Blog Archive | Sep 9, 2015

Singing the Unsung: Ben Shahn and Labor in United States

The Farm Securities Administration isn’t exactly the place you would think to look for...

Blog Archive | Sep 1, 2015

What Should We Remember?

Frankfurt Castle How do you manage the enormity of the past? I grappled with this...


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.