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 | Jul 25, 2017

Joys and Sorrows: Lewis Hine at Ellis Island

All photos courtesy of the New York Public Library Lewis Hine was a social photographer,...

Blog Archive | Jul 11, 2017

The Life of a City: Early Films of New York City

A young man tosses an apple in the air as he chats with a vendor. Pushcarts are piled...

Blog Archive | Jun 21, 2017

The Tenement Museum Summer 2017 Reading List

School may be out for summer (and, for some of you, forever), but that’s no reason...

Blog Archive | May 30, 2017

The Millennials Are Our Future

Millennials are the most frequent and most loyal attendees to cultural institutions,...

Blog Archive | May 23, 2017

Evenings at the Tenement: This Land is Made for You and Me

We tell the stories of the everyday people who made their way on Orchard Street, but...

Blog Archive | May 16, 2017

Painting Grand Street

Tenement Museum President Dr. Morris J. Vogel and artist Hedy Pagremanski, with Grand...

Blog Archive | May 9, 2017

Did You Know: LES Stories

Did you know that the Lower East Side is home to the oldest Jewish cemetery in...

Blog Archive | May 3, 2017

Look For the Union Label: Chinese Immigration in America

For the other parts of this series highlighting the new ethnic groups featured in Under...

Blog Archive | Apr 25, 2017

Shine ‘Em Up Sadie

When Josephine Baldizzi was a little girl, she and her family were evicted from 97...

Blog Archive | Apr 6, 2017

Beautiful Days in the Neighborhood

Federal-style row house, built over 180 years ago, on Allen St. Springtime in New York...


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.