Virtual Field Trips for Grades 9 – 12

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Culture and Identity

Students learn about history of untrue narratives about different groups of people, understand how immigrants and migrants build structures of support to combat stereotypes, and hear human stories that foster connection.  

Industrialization and Labor

Students learn how the development of industry creates jobs and how the people who do those jobs, often immigrants and migrants, fight to make those jobs fair. Students learn about changing technologies and their impact on the work lives of real people. 

Complicating Stereotypes

Students learn about history of untrue narratives about different groups of people, understand how immigrants and migrants build structures of support to combat stereotypes, and hear human stories that foster connection.  


Immigration Policy

Students learn about social, political, and economic conditions that led to various immigration policies, how those policies affected the demographics of the Lower East Side and the lived experiences of individual families.

Movements for Change

Students learn about how small actions connect to bigger movements for change and how bigger movements manifest themselves in people’s individual and family lives.  

Upcoming Teacher Previews

October 13

Grades 9-12: Wong

4:30pm – 6:00pm 

Join us for a preview of a Tenement Museum Virtual Field Trip, Overview of Tenement Museum Resources, and Q&A session!  At this session, the Virtual Field Trip program will feature the story of the Wong family and their 1970’s home.  It will be geared towards Grades 9-12, but teachers of all ages are welcome.  On this Virtual Field Trip, with the help of immigration scholars, students learn about the push and pull factors of Chinese immigration and its relation to the Chinese Exclusion Act and subsequent immigration laws. Through exploration of a recreated apartment and garment shop, students will examine how the Wongs made a home in the neighborhood and how their experiences reflect the growth of Chinese communities and the garment industry in New York.  Video interviews and family and neighborhood photographs will allow students to consider how different generations of the family navigate language, schooling, media, and work.  Students will discuss how they themselves form their own senses of identity and belonging and evaluate roles of government, schools, and other institutions to ensure openness and acceptance of many.   

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All Available Virtual Field Trips | Grades 9 - 12

1910s Rogarshevsky Family  | The Rogarshevsky Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1911 tenement home. Students will learn about the economic and political conditions that prompted the Rogarshevsky’s to move from the Russian Empire and the immigration policies that impacted immigration at this time.

  • Themes:Culture and Identity, Industrialization and Labor, Movements for Change
  • Topics: European Immigration

1916 Meet Victoria  | Meet Victoria is a costumed interpretation program. Students will be transported back in time to 1916 to engage 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 lived experiences, and share how her family keeps their Sephardic culture alive through food, language, holiday celebrations, and more. 

  • Themes:  Complicating Stereotypes, Culture and Identity
  • Topics: European Immigration

1950s Epstein Family  | TheEpstein Family story features a Jewish American family and their 1950’s tenement home.  Rivka and Kalman Epstein survived the Holocaust and entered the country as refugees. Students learn about their journey from Europe to find protection and safety in the United States and the challenges presented by restrictive immigration laws and attitudes towards newcomers. 

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes, Culture and IdentityImmigration Policy

1960s Saez Velez Family  | TheSaez Velez Family story features Puerto family and their 1968 Tenement home. With the help of Puerto Rican migration scholars, students learn about the history of Puerto Rico, its relationship to the United States and how it affected the Saez Velez’ journey to New York City as American citizens. 

  • Themes: Culture and Identity, Immigration Policy, Movements for Change, Industrialization and Labor
  • Topics: Puerto Rican Migration

1970s Wong Family  | The Wong family story features a Chinese American family and their 1970s tenement home. With the help of immigration scholars, students learn about the push and pull factors of Chinese immigration and its relation to the Chinese Exclusion Act and subsequent immigration laws. 

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes, Culture and Identity, Immigration Policy, Industrialization and Labor
  • Topics: Asian Immigration

1930s Baldizzi Family | This story features an Italian-American family and their 1935 tenement home. By exploring a ship manifest and 1924 newspaper clips, students learn about the family’s immigration and the laws that created obstacles for their journey to the United States.

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes, Immigration Policy
  • Topics: European Immigration

Reclaiming Black Spaces  | In the Tenement Museum’s newest program, Reclaiming Black Spaces, students will learn about how Black and African Americans shaped Lower Manhattan as they made homes, businesses, and communities there over the centuries. Facilitated discussion will allow students to consider questions like: What drew Black New Yorkers to Lower Manhattan, and how were their experiences shaped by that migration?

  • Themes: Complicating Stereotypes, Culture and Identity, Movements for Change

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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