The Board of Trustees of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the host committee invite you to join them at the
The Tenement Museum brings the Lower East Side’s immigrants to life through its interpretation of 97 Orchard Street, home to 7,000 people from 20 nations for 70 years, and now a National Historic Landmark. Tours use the personal stories of the tenement’s residents to teach visitors about the struggles immigrants confronted as they worked to earn livings, raise families, make new lives—and become Americans. The Museum welcomes 228,000 visitors annually, including 56,000 school children. A new exhibit – Beyond the Melting Pot – will open at 103 Orchard Street on July 4, 2017, highlighting stories of Holocaust survivors, Puerto Rican migrants, and Chinese immigrants who moved into the Lower East Side after 1945.
Our gala, Coming to America – Pursuing the American Dream, builds directly on the Museum’s regular programming, which emphasizes that immigration has been an essential force in shaping our national history. The stories we tell touch on eras when new immigrants sometimes bore the brunt of America’s political frustrations, facing hostility and outright discrimination. In the face of today’s political turmoil, we remain steadfast in our message: immigration allows us to become more than we already are as a people. This lesson has never been more timely and more crucial.