Explore how immigrant women coped with economic hardship through the stories of Natalie Gumpertz and Mrs. Wong. Hear how these two women, living a century apart, shared similar struggles, hopes, and survival strategies as they made new lives while working in New York City’s garment industry. Visit the recreated 1880s tenement apartment of the Gumpertz family, whose primary breadwinner disappeared during the Panic of 1873. Then visit an interactive 1980s Chinatown garment shop that connects you directly to the memories of Mrs. Wong, her children, and her co-workers. How did a 19th century German-Jewish immigrant and a 20th century Chinese immigrant rely on their communities during hard times?
As part of the 97 Orchard Street preservation project, the Gumpertz family apartment exhibit has been temporarily moved to our second historic tenement at 103 Orchard Street. Explore the fascinating story behind this 1888 tenement and its shared history with 97 Orchard in our newest digital exhibit, Brick by Brick: The Many Lives of 103 Orchard Street!