Family Story


The Confino Family Story

Learn about the Confino family, Greek Jewish immigrants who lived in 97 Orchard Street in the 1910s.

This Family Story is part of our Upper Elementary Unit Plan. You can view the full unit plan here.


Overview

This article explores the life of Victoria Confino, a 14-year old immigrant from Kastoria, in modern-day Greece. Through her story, students learn about Victoria’s life in Kastoria, her immigration through Ellis Island, and her life on the Lower East Side. The article includes two primary sources, a postcard from Kastoria in 1910, and a ship passenger list from 1911, student-facing questions and writing activities.


Time Period

1910s


Related Topics

  • Sephardic Jewish Immigration
  • Garment Industry


Primary Sources

  • Kastoria Postcard c. 1900 – This postcard shows us the city of Kastoria, Greece, the hometown of the Confino family who immigrated to New York in 1913. (See below)
  • The 1913 SS Argentina Ship Passenger List (Manifest) – Find the Confino family on the passenger list of a ship that brought immigrants to the United States in 1913. (See below)
  • Confino Family Photograph, 1913 – See portrait of the Confino family shortly after they were reunited in New York City after immigrating from Greece in 1913. (See below)

 

Kastoria Postcard c. 1900

This postcard shows us the city of Kastoria, Greece, the hometown of the Confino family who immigrated to New York in 1913.

1913 SS Argentina Ship Passenger List (Manifest)

Find the Confino family on the passenger list of a ship that brought immigrants to the United States in 1913.

Confino Family Photograph, 1913

See portrait of the Confino family shortly after they were reunited in New York City after immigrating from Greece in 1913.


Associated Lessons

Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Introduction to Primary Sources

Define “primary sources” and analyze one contemporary and one historic source.

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Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Investigate a 1914 Report Card

Students learn about Victoria Confino through her 2nd grade report card from 1913.

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Questions on lessons and activities?

The materials on this page can enrich a visit to the Museum or help you teach about immigration. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail us.

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