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 | Sep 6, 2017

An Updated History of the Undocumented Immigrant

by Lewis Hine Immigration is very much on everyone's mind this week with the...

Blog Archive | Aug 9, 2017

Sharing a Journey on the Ave. of Immigrants

photo from Peeking around the corner of Allen and Delancey Streets is a lone...

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...

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 | Oct 18, 2016

Life in 97 Orchard Street in 1908… Chicago Cubs Edition

As a die-hard Major League Baseball fan – as well as a former American History major...

Blog Archive | Jun 13, 2016


On May 26th there was a small earthquake and seismic shift in the Asian American arts...

Blog Archive | Jun 7, 2016

In Celebration of LGBT Pride Month: LGBT Immigration

Clive Boutilier was 21 years old when he emigrated from Canada to New York in 1955.  He...

Blog Archive | May 23, 2016

Behind The Music

FJ Music “For me, pipa is not just an instrument,” said Jiaju Shen of FJ Music, a...

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.