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 | 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...

Blog Archive | Nov 5, 2012

Introducing Tenement Kitchens

Tours of 97 Orchard Street recreate immigrant life in the nineteenth and twentieth...

Blog Archive | Oct 24, 2012

Great Question: Where is Kastoria?

Questions posed by our visitors lead to great conversations. Occasionally, we’ll post...

Blog Archive | Oct 21, 2012

Beer and Morality in the 19th Century

Our upcoming "Shop Life" exhibit re-creates the lager bier saloon operated by John...

Blog Archive | Oct 16, 2012

“Washboard Weepers”: Soap Operas in the Days of Radio

If you've taken our "Hard Times" tour, you've seen how life changed for residents over 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.