Monthly Archives: January 2013

Rise to Greatness

Editor’s Note: At our next free Tenement Talk, January 29 at 6:30pm at 103 Orchard Street, David Von Drehle will set his sights on 1862, the crucial year that transformed our sixteenth President into a singular leader. Sally Jenkins will … Read more…

Inaugural New York

Here at the Tenement Museum, we tell the stories of average people who made our country what it is today. As millions of people gathered this week in Washington, DC, to watch the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama, I … Read more…

Symbols of Freedom

Among the Education staff here at the Museum, we think a lot about connecting nineteenth-century history with more recent cultural memory. In the parlor of the Moore apartment, featured on our “Irish Outsiders” tour, hangs a framed print of the … Read more…

Bread Givers and Becoming a Person

Editor’s Note: Meredith Heil is the Museum’s Tenement Talks & Culinary Conversations Assistant. Our next free Tenement Talk, January 15 at 6:30pm at 103 Orchard Street, features essayist & critic Vivian Gornick, Yezierska scholar Alice Kessler-Harris, and Professor Miriam Cohen in conversation about … Read more…

Innovative Conservation at 97 Orchard

For some of our visitors, the restored apartments at 97 Orchard Street are the most memorable part of the Tenement Museum. Others are particularly fascinated with the tenement apartments that we call “stabilized ruins”—where the process of historical decay is … Read more…

School-Group Connections

With a new year upon us, it’s a good time for reflection. And halfway through the school season is a great time to reflect on our programs for school kids. These programs are a big part of what we do … Read more…

Happy New Year!

Holidays and historic foods go hand in hand, and new year’s traditions are no exception. In my home state of Alabama, my family’s New Year’s Day meal always involved collard greens, cornbread, and hoppin’ John, a savory mix of black-eyed … Read more…