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 | Apr 4, 2017

Of Memory and Survival: The Jewish American Identity

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

Blog Archive | Mar 28, 2017

Meet the Staff: Jamie Salen, Marketing Manager

This month, we profile our Marketing Manager, Jamie Salen, for MEET THE TENEMENT STAFF....

Blog Archive | Mar 21, 2017

Charlie Scheidt: Immigrant Foods and Immigrant Values

The Tenement Museum stands as a monument to the notion that immigrants built America....

Blog Archive | Mar 7, 2017

Practicing Facilitation

Originally posted on Medium, February 17, 2017. How we talk about things matters. We are...

Blog Archive | Mar 1, 2017

Becoming “Nuyorican”

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

Blog Archive | Feb 14, 2017

Immigrants Then, Immigrants Now: A Shared American Dream

Originally posted at The Huffington Post on February 12, 2017 The Tenement Museum’s...

Blog Archive | Feb 7, 2017

Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer

The little girls are adorable, standing on the sidewalk, smiling big, the chrome trim of...

Blog Archive | Feb 1, 2017

Truman’s Executive Order: December 1945

“This could be the mezuzah we put up because we never lived without a mezuzah to protect...

Blog Archive | Jan 31, 2017

A Special Message from the Tenement Museum President, Dr. Morris J. Vogel

It’s been a difficult weekend for all of us. We’ve watched in horror as an executive...

Blog Archive | Jan 25, 2017

Made of Star Stuff, And Some Other Stuff, Too

My mother on an English seashore, early 1960s. She is not a cop. Last year, in the...


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.