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What We Collect
Artifacts
Artifacts
Objects discovered in 97 Orchard Street are the heart of our collections.
Archival Documents
Archival Documents
Death certificates and other documents that reveal clues about tenement dwellers.
Photos
Photos
Images of 97 Orchard and the neighborhood offer glimpses of life on the Lower East Side.
Oral Histories
Oral Histories
The first-hand accounts of people who lived in tenements and on the Lower East Side.
Building Our Collections
Building Our Collections
Archeological dig in the backyard of 97 Orchard Street, 1988
ZoomFrom excavating the back yard to peeling away wallpaper. See how we discovered artifacts hidden in 97 Orchard Street.
Have a Look at Our Last Finds
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We recently rehabilitated the 4th & 5th floors of 97 Orchard. Sealed for over 50 years, the floors were covered in dirt and debris. As we cleaned, we unearthed a number of interesting artifacts.

Using Our Collections