Monthly Archives: March 2015

Picturing Child Labor: Lewis W. Hine

  Once you have seen a photograph by Lewis W. Hine it is hard to forget it. Though Hine himself is largely forgotten, his work, which documents child labor in early 20th century United States, continues to haunt lawmakers, photographers … Read more…

The Lower East Side: Not Just for Tenements!

The American Institute of Architects, in its Guide to New York City, has this to say about the Lower East Side: “Far more significant historically than architecturally, this area harbors the legions of tenement buildings that warehoused the wave of … Read more…

Luck of the Irish: Not Always a Good Thing

Though it is forgotten annually by legions of young people celebrating in green,there was a time when Irish immigrants were once a group despised and derided upon their arrival to the United States.  Unlike some chapters in the history of … Read more…

Guest Blogger: Emily Spivack

Emily Spivack has some major accomplishments under her belt, and you can be sure that belt was carefully chosen. Among other things she is currently the creator and writer of Threaded, the Smithsonian’s only fashion history blog.  In 2010 Emily began … Read more…

Learning Through Lunchtime

What can a school lunch teach you about immigration? A lot, according to Lower East Side middle school students! This past Friday, the Eighth Graders at the Manhattan Academy of Technology served a lunch that spanned the globe and connected … Read more…

History Repeats Itself : Inspect & Protect Your Tenement

Relics in our present often spark an intriguing interest to look back into our past. This is the framework that makes 97 Orchard Street such a compelling place to visit. Known today as the Tenement Museum, this repository of memories … Read more…