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 | Dec 11, 2012

Stories Behind a New Collection

Here at the Tenement Museum, we rely heavily on the stories of Lower East Siders and their...

Blog Archive | Dec 6, 2012

Gran Cocina Latina

In this city of intrepid foragers, Bergenline Avenue, on the Jersey side of the Lincoln...

Blog Archive | Dec 3, 2012

The Official Launch of “Shop Life”!

After ten months of painstaking construction, our Shop Life exhibit officially opens...

Blog Archive | Nov 29, 2012

Another Look at the “Forverts”

Last year, the acquisition of a 1911 issue of the Yiddish daily Forverts enriched our...

Blog Archive | Nov 20, 2012

An Ellis Island Thanksgiving

We typically associate Ellis Island with an abundance of people. From 1892 to 1954,...

Blog Archive | Nov 15, 2012

New Media in “Shop Life”

If you've been on one of our apartment tours before, you know that they're hands-on to a...

Blog Archive | Nov 13, 2012

Tenement Talk: Jewish Jocks

This Wednesday evening, we'll welcome Marc Tracy, Ira Berkow, Joshua Cohen and Liel...

Blog Archive | Nov 12, 2012

A “Shop Life” Anniversary

Today, we're thrilled to begin public preview tours of "Shop Life"—the first new...

Blog Archive | Nov 9, 2012

Looking Ahead After Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, after power finally returned to much of the Lower East...

Blog Archive | Nov 6, 2012

Election Day History at 97 Orchard Street

Happy Election Day! In 1920, Sarah Burinescu became the first woman living at 97 Orchard...


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.