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 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 | Nov 21, 2016

The Perils of Assimilation: How what we eat makes us American, for better or worse.

Sarah Lohman is an educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a culinary...

Blog Archive | Dec 30, 2013

Traditions We Bake

Somehow, among the beloved sauerbraten (a German pot roast) and the latkes with meltingly...

Blog Archive | Nov 19, 2013

Keeping Kosher in 17th Century New York City

November 15th, 1660 was, by any means, a normal day in the small Dutch-controlled hamlet...

Blog Archive | Nov 15, 2013

Hungry for History

We tell the stories of the extraordinary lives of ordinary Americans at the Tenement...

Blog Archive | Nov 8, 2013

Home Cookin’ With Hinde

Every day at 97 Orchard Street, our educators stand in the tenement kitchens and explain...

Blog Archive | Nov 4, 2013

A Wild Goose Fat Chase

Next Wednesday, November 13th, is our latest Tenement Talk, "A Headstone, A Cookbook...

Blog Archive | Sep 3, 2013

Yelling for an Egg: Filipino Food In Brooklyn

 This post was written by Sarah Lohman, and is one of a series that Sarah is writing as...

Blog Archive | Jul 30, 2013

The Single Most Important Day of the Year – National Lasagna Day!

We’re a little confused as to why National Lasagna Day is in the hottest part of the...

Blog Archive | Jun 18, 2013

June 18th is International Picnic Day!!

Isn't this weather perfect out today? It’s a beautiful day for a picnic! Residents...


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.