Theme: Culture and Identity | Grades 1 – 2

Culture and Identity     Students learn about how families and groups express culture and that individuals have identities, or understandings of themselves, that are influenced by language, religion, geography, and other personal factors.

1860’s Meet Bridget 

On the Meet Bridget Program, students will go back in time to 1869 to learn from an actor playing Bridget Moore. Bridget Moore was a real woman who immigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1863.  A Tenement Museum educator will engage students about 19th century Irish immigration before guiding them through a video of Bridget Moore showing us her 1869 home.  Through the objects in Bridget’s home, students will learn about her daily tasks, how her family connects to their Irish culture, and how she finds comfort in her new home.  Students will then reflect on objects personal to them that represent culture, connection, and comfort.

Themes: Families Then and Now, Culture and Identity

Topics: European Immigration

Duration: 60 minutes

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1910’s Rogarshevsky Family

The Rogarshevsky Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1911 tenement home. Students will learn their immigration story and identify familiar and unfamiliar objects in the recreated apartment to learn about the family’s culture and consider what is needed to create a home. Students will consider similarities and differences between the Rogarshevsky family and families today while considering how families pass traditions and beliefs from generation to generation.

Themes: Culture and Identity, Families Then and NowJobs and Industry

Topics: European Immigration

Duration: 60 minutes

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1916 Meet Victoria

Meet Victoria is a costumed interpretation program.  Students will be transported back in time to 1916 and interact with an actor playing Victoria Confino, an actual 14-year-old girl who immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in 1913.  Victoria will show students her home and daily life, tell stories about her life experiences, and share how her family keeps their culture alive through food, language, holiday celebrations, and more.  Students will see how life in 1916 was different from and similar to today while exploring how people cope when they move to a new place and are uncertain about the future—an experience as relevant today as it was in 1916.  Throughout the program, students will ask their own questions and make connections to Victoria.

Themes: Culture and Identity, Families Then and Now

Topics: European Immigration

Duration: 60 minutes

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1960s Saez Velez

The Saez Velez Family story features a Puerto Rican family and their 1968 tenement home. Students learn their migration story and explore the objects in their recreated apartment to learn about the family’s culture and consider what’s needed to create a home. Through video interviews and family and neighborhood photographs, students will examine how the family builds community within their home, in the neighborhood, and even between Puerto Rico and New York City. Students will reflect on how they themselves belong to many different communities.

Themes: Community, Culture and Identity, Jobs and Industry

Topics: Puerto Rican Migration

Duration: 60 minutes

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1950’s Epstein Family  

TheEpstein Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1950’s tenement home.  Students learn about the Epstein’s journey from Europe to find protection and safety in the United States. By exploring their recreated home and the objects in it, students will discover how the family kept traditions from their home and started new ones.  Through oral histories and videos with the daughter in the family, Bella Epstein, students learn how she found support, friendship, and discovery in an increasingly diverse Lower East Side neighborhood. 

Themes: Community, Culture, and Identity

Topics: European Immigration

Duration: 60 minutes 

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1970’s Wong Family   

TheWong Family story features a Chinese American family and their 1970’s tenement home.  Students learn their immigration story and explore the objects in their recreated apartment to learn about the family’s culture and consider what’s needed to get by in a new place.  Through video interviews and family and neighborhood photographs, students examine the Wong children’s experiences with immigration, play, school, their parents’ work, and helping each other.  Students will be encouraged to make past to present connections to the family story and space.  

 Themes:  Community, Culture and Identity, Jobs and Industry

Topics: Asian Immigration    

Duration: 60 minutes 

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Teaching Resources

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