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 | 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 | Nov 15, 2016

Bowery Mission and Modern Hard Times

A few weeks ago I contacted the Bowery Mission in the hopes that a member of their staff...

Blog Archive | Nov 7, 2016

What 97 Orchard Street’s First Woman Voter Can Teach Us About American Identity

(originally posted on Huffington Post June 15, 2016) As Hillary Clinton became the...

Blog Archive | Oct 25, 2016

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

DISCLAIMER: Some of the photos below contain graphic imagery and may not be safe for...

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 | Aug 30, 2016

Gettin’ Schooled: A History Lesson

Grammar school class photo of Sam Jaffe, born on 97 Orchard Street in 1891. He went on to...

Blog Archive | Aug 23, 2016

Parks and Preservation

August 2016 celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service, which has spent...

Blog Archive | Aug 16, 2016

The One and Only Jewish Miss America

On August 15, 1945, seventy-one years ago yesterday, Bess Myerson became the most...

Blog Archive | Jul 5, 2016

Immigration and Independence

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

Blog Archive | Jun 28, 2016

Make ‘Em Laugh

Fanny Brice at the Billy Rose Theatre, 1938. Photo from the New York Public Library...


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.