Virtual Tenement Talk

Tenement Talk: Clairvoyant Housewives of the Lower East Side


When: Monday, October 25, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30pm ET

Event Location: YouTube Live

Cost: Suggested Donation

Join us on YouTube Live for a free virtual Tenement Talk on the role of clairvoyants in the world of the Jewish Lower East Side, streamed live from inside our historic tenement building at 97 Orchard Street. At the turn of the last century, the Lower East Side was home to more than 1,000 people working as psychics, palm readers, and fortune tellers, and almost half of all of the city’s clairvoyants worked in this neighborhood. One such businesswoman, Dora Meltzer, ran her palm reading studio from 97 Orchard Street, now home to the Tenement Museum. Who were immigrants like Dora, and why were customers visiting them? Hear historian and Yiddishist Edward Portnoy share his research on psychics in the early 20th century with Dr. Annie Polland, Tenement Museum President.
This program is part of the Tenement Museum’s series of discussions looking at the idea of the American Dream—what has it meant to people in different moments? Who has had access to it?