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 Patch.com Peeking around the corner of Allen and Delancey Streets is a lone...

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 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 | Jul 5, 2016

Immigration and Independence

Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collections. For many first...

Blog Archive | Jun 13, 2016

THE LULLABY OF BROADWAY CHANGES ITS TUNE

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...

Blog Archive | May 16, 2016

Part II: The Fight Against the Ellis Island Museum

Ellis Island Museum Part I of this blog can be read here. The plan to sell Ellis Island...


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.