Virtual Live Events

Date: December 1, 2020

Virtual Book Talk: Jewish Cooking

A free virtual talk with Leah Koenig, author of Little Book of Jewish Appetizers, Little...

Date: December 8, 2020

Virtual Book Talk: Daily Bread

A free virtual talk with Antoinette Truglio Martin, author of Daily Bread, a historical...

Date: December 15, 2020

Virtual Book Talk: Feast of Seven Fishes

A free virtual talk with Daniel Paterna, author of Feast of the Seven Fishes: A...

Date: December 29, 2020

Virtual Book Talk: Lemongrass and Lime

A virtual book talk with Leah Cohen, author of Lemongrass and Lime: Southeast Asian...

Watch recordings of our past virtual live events!

Book Talks

Virtual Book Talk: Biography of a Tenement House in New York City

Watch a book talk with Andrew Dolkart, author of Biography of a Tenement House in New York City

Virtual Book Talk: Jennifer Egan’s Writing

Watch a book talk with Jenniger Egan, author of Manhattan Beach, The Invisible Circus, The Keep, and A Visit From the Goon Squad.

Virtual Book Talk: Wild City

Watch a book talk with Thomas Hynes, author of Wild City: A Brief History of New York City in 40 Animals.

Family Events and Virtual Visits

A Nickel for a Pickle: A Pickle Lesson with the Tenement Museum

Delve into the history of pickles on the Lower East Side. Learn how Lower East Siders pickled their veggies 100 years ago, why the tradition of pickling was important for many immigrants, and watch a short demo of how to make your own cucumber pickles at home!

Secrets from the Privy Vault: Insights on a Tenement Rear Yard

Watch a virtual exploration of the rear yard at 97 Orchard Street, a unique outdoor space where four wooden privies (outdoor toilets) and a single water source served the residents’ needs for more than 40 years

From Orchard to Essex: Street Peddlers and Market Vendors

Watch a visit to Orchard Street! When Essex Street Market opened in 1940, it was heralded as a new era for commerce, as the city promised to clear the streets of pushcart peddlers and provide a clean, orderly space for shoppers.

Creative Reuse Crafting for Kids

Watch a mini history lesson and crafting activity inspired by the resourcefulness of former tenement residents. Look at the Confino Family’s apartment from 1916 and learn about games and objects they made from found materials and then make your own toy, game, or other objects from materials in your home.

Working from Home in 1905: Making Paper Flowers

Enjoy a lesson on working from home in 1905. What were New York immigrant parents and kids doing to earn money in their apartments? How did they balance work and family? We’ll also teach you how to make a paper flower bouquet, a common item made in tenement apartments.

Meet Bridget Moore in 1869: Learning through Objects

Peek into an 1869 Tenement Apartment! Together, we’ll watch Bridget Moore, a young Irish immigrant, show us her home. She’ll use the many interesting objects in her home to teach us about her daily tasks, her culture, and how she finds comfort.


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