Theme: Families Then and Now | Grades 1 – 2

Families Then and Now     Students see how families and homes change over time and identify similarities and differences between families, objects, and technologies of the past and present.

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

On the Meet Victoria costumed interpretation program, students journey back in time to 1916 and learn from an actor playing Victoria Confino, a real 14-year-old girl who immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in 1913.  Victoria shows us her home and daily life, tells us her stories, and shares how her family keeps their culture alive through food, language, holidays, and more.  We’ll see how life in 1916 was quite different from today, but also explore 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 her time.  Throughout the program, students will have a chance to ask their own questions to Victoria.

Themes: Culture and Identity, Families Then and Now

Topics: European Immigration

Duration: 60 minutes

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1930’s Baldizzi Family

The Baldizzi Family story features an Italian-American family and their 1935 tenement home. Students will learn their immigration story and examine objects in their recreated apartment to understand how the family created a home. Oral histories give students insight into how the children played, made friends, and built community with their neighbors. They will consider how those connections helped the family get through tough times.

Themes: Community, Families Then and Now 

Topic: European Immigration

Duration: 60 minutes

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Teaching Resources

We offer teacher-designed, teacher-tested lesson plans where students learn to interpret objects, oral histories, and primary sources while making modern connections. Find unit plans, lesson plans, primary sources, and non-fiction family stories, made for flexible use in your classroom.

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