Building Our Collections

Our Collections Manager digging under 97 Orchard's staircase.
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While we found some of our artifacts strewn about the floors, others were buried throughout the building.

To unearth these objects, we dug under floorboards and searched in old fireplaces. The stabilization of 97 Orchardís staircase also provided an unexpected opportunity to add to our collections. Preservation carpenters removed the stair treads and risers, revealing an array of hidden artifacts.

Our staircase finds included glass beads, handbills, a ticket stub for a Delancey Street theater, and a wrapper for Golden Cross candy, ďa confection for particular people.Ē