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 | Aug 30, 2016

Gettin’ Schooled: A History Lesson

Grammar school class photo of Sam Jaffe, born on 97 Orchard Street in 1891. He went on to...

Blog Archive | Aug 23, 2016

Parks and Preservation

August 2016 celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service, which has spent...

Blog Archive | Aug 16, 2016

The One and Only Jewish Miss America

On August 15, 1945, seventy-one years ago yesterday, Bess Myerson became the most...

Blog Archive | Aug 9, 2016

Interning for History

Summer internships are a bit like summer movie blockbusters. They’re either going to...

Blog Archive | Aug 3, 2016

My Immigrant Story

Here are two stories about getting a government-issued I.D.: 1. Six years ago, I sat in...


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.