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!

Browse the latest articles from the Tenement Museum.

Blog Archive, Great Reads | Feb 19, 2020

An Artist’s Perspective on the Tenement Museum: Lisa Marie Ludwig

In this blog post series, Lead Educator Marina Bardash Nebro will explore artist...

Blog Archive, Great Reads | Jan 22, 2020

How a Quilting Circle Helped Me Discover My Immigrant Heritage

Image description: Author Marina's family with her with her Memories of Migration story...

Blog Archive | Dec 10, 2019

It’s Merenda Time!

About one hundred years ago around this time, the Confino family home at 97 Orchard Street...

Blog Archive | Dec 4, 2019

A Moveable Feast: A Tale of a Transporting Cookie

With the holiday baking season upon us, what better time is there to try this delicious...

Blog Archive | Dec 3, 2019

Hanukkah – As American As Epl Pie

Passengers riding the elevated train through the Lower East Side on a December night in...

Blog Archive | Jan 15, 2019

A Belated Birthday Celebration

January 2nd, 2019 was Ellis Island's 127th birthday! We talk a lot about Ellis Island...

Blog Archive | Oct 30, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

The Tenement Museum has a wide array of books, housewares, gifts, knick-knacks, and...


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.