Monthly Archives: December 2014

Looking Back on 2014

You would think time might pass more slowly here at the Tenement Museum, where the year is often 1863, 1916 or  1935. However, keeping an eye on the past can make us aware of just how quickly the twenty-first century … Read more…

“Let’s Get Drunk and Make Love”: Lois Long and the Speakeasy

  On January 17th, 1920, when Prohibition became the law of the land, a new kind of woman was born; a woman who drank, smoked, and (gasp!) danced with members of the opposite sex in illegal watering holes known forever … Read more…

Hanukkah’s History? Perhaps Not What You Thought

With the holiday season comes holiday cheer…  for some.  Every year among those happily tuning in to holiday stations, are those who grumble and Grinch. Let’s classify them as two separate groups of people: those who have no love of … Read more…

Winning Shots: Photography and Tips from our Snapshot Event

On December 5th we opened our doors to visitors, and their cameras, for Snapshot, a special evening event in which guests were given free range to break our strict “no photography” policy.  Visitors were invited to share their pictures and … Read more…

A Study in Contradictions: A Tenement Museum Employee Visits Saudi Arabia

How do you imagine Saudi Arabia? Desert? Camels? Oil? Oppressed women? That was what I pictured. Traveling to Saudi felt more foreign than anywhere I have ever been. What would I need? Would I lose my identity and independence when … Read more…

The Tenement Museum Gift Guide: (because you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet) Part Two

Brooklyn Wash Bag $24.99 You know who she is: that lady in your life who always knows where to brunch and who is able to use the word “repurposed” correctly.  It may be a little intimidating to get her a … Read more…

Honoring a Grandparent’s American Journey: Our Shared Journeys Program

Long-time Tenement Museum supporter Marilyn Machlowitz wanted to honor her grandmother’s extraordinary journey from Russia to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Machlowitz asked Museum staff about opportunities to support the Museum and celebrate her … Read more…

Tenement Museum Gift Guide for Holiday 2014

The Little Book Of Jewish Celebrations $18.95 With all the sparkle and shine of the holiday season, we can sometimes forget some of the details, origins, and responsibilities of holidays we’re celebrating. This sophisticated little book could be the perfect reminder … Read more…