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 | Jul 25, 2017

Joys and Sorrows: Lewis Hine at Ellis Island

All photos courtesy of the New York Public Library Lewis Hine was a social photographer,...

Blog Archive | Jul 11, 2017

The Life of a City: Early Films of New York City

A young man tosses an apple in the air as he chats with a vendor. Pushcarts are piled...

Blog Archive | May 9, 2017

Did You Know: LES Stories

Did you know that the Lower East Side is home to the oldest Jewish cemetery in...

Blog Archive | May 3, 2017

Look For the Union Label: Chinese Immigration in America

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

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 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 | 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...


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.