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Giving Thanks at the Tenement Museum


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is the week to celebrate large balloons on Fifth Avenue and overeating!

Well, not exactly; the real spirit of the holiday is about taking time to spend with friends and family and remembering what we’re thankful for. We at the Tenement Museum “went around the table” and here’s what came to mind:

Felix the Cat, the first balloon, as seen in 1927.

The Radio City Rockettes, seen here in 1958.

“I am thankful for the chance to interact with diverse people from all over the world and for the exchange of information and ideas that happens every day at the Tenement Museum. I am thankful for the ability to teach people something new and help them to see NYC in a new light!”
Elly Burke, Educator

“Good friends, a loving family, the bliss of having grandchildren. And of course, my wonderful job and colleagues.”
Arnhild Buckhurst, Director of Operations

“You know, as an immigration lawyer Thanksgiving is really one of my favorite holidays because I see it as a celebration of the immigration of those seeking religious freedom. And I am thankful for my own immigration history–that my parents had the spirit and determination to come to the US in the wake of World War II to make a new life for themselves as Americans. ”
Eleanor Pelta, Trustee of the Tenement Museum

An alligator balloon in the 1931 parade.

“Student loan grace periods, and my wonderful friends and family without whom life would be much less funny.”
Lib Tietjen, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

“Loving and supportive parents who will indulge my culinary experimentation for Thanksgivukkah this year. And Old Bay.”
Emily Mitzner, Chief of Staff

“Being able to walk to work.”
David Eng, Vice President of Marketing and Communications

“I am thankful for consistently hot and plentiful water during my shower on cold mornings.”
Caley Vickerman, Educator

“My dog, Squire.”
Adam Steinberg, Senior Education Associate for Walking Tours

The Bullwinkle balloon in 1961.

“I’m thankful that my job lets me talk, think and write about the nineteenth century, and that I don’t actually live in it. Corsets and cholera…yuck!”
Kira Garcia, Director of Communications

“I’m thankful to have a healthy family and my siblings finally back together in NYC. My sister is a Marine and my brother is an Airman so it has been long time since we were together in the states. We are planning to do Thanksgiving together for the first time in a long time. I’m also thankful to have a job that I enjoy, I look forward to coming to work every day and I’m thankful to all of the support from my bosses whether it has to do with work, school and/or life overall.”
Pedro Garcia, Senior Education Associate for ESOL and Training

Thrilled spectators at the 1956 parade. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

“I’m thankful to be surrounded by thoughtful people who are interested in both listening to my ideas and challenging one another to think deeply and differently.  A real benefit to working at the Tenement Museum!”
Emily Gallagher, Community Outreach Associate

The Tenement Museum is thankful for its wonderful staff, visitors, and supporters!  Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hannukah (Thanksgivukkah) from all of us.


– Posted by Lib Tietjen and the Tenement Museum Staff