Celebrating 25 Years at 97 Orchard Street!
June 12, 2013

It’s been a week since our annual gala for the Tenement Museum, but we can’t seem to stop talking about it! It was a celebration of the Museum’s work, a tribute to some of our greatest supporters—and of course, a fantastic party. This year we celebrated two monumental birthdays: the 25th anniversary of the Museum and the 150th anniversary of 97 Orchard Street, our nationally landmarked building.

Museum Co-Founders Ruth Abram (right) and Anita Jacobson (left), and Museum President Morris Vogel (center).

Two beautiful videos premiered at the gala; one about the Tenement Museum’s mission to tell the stories of the people of 97 Orchard Street and one about our educational programs Check them out share your thoughts with us via Facebook or Twitter!

Since we couldn’t host the party in our building on Orchard Street, we brought Orchard Street to the party. Our guests explored a “Living Timeline” of the neighborhood that featured crafts, games, whiskey tastings, palm readings, pushcart shopping and more. Food, beverages and silent auction items were provided by more than forty local businesses, including Russ & Daughters, Economy Candy, the Pickle Guys, DiPalo’s Fine Foods and Top Hops. There was even a cake in the shape of 97 Orchard!

Tenement Cake

Our Tenement cake was a delicious slice of Orchard Street!

Palm Reading

A palm reader reveals all...

The event honored Peter Ward, President of the Hotel Trade Council, and Julie Menin, Former Chair of Community Board 1, for their support of the Museum and the City at large. Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver presented Mr. Ward with the America’s Heritage Award, and Ms. Menin with the Urban Pioneer Award.

Former Community Board 1 Chairperson and gala honoree Julie Menin with Chair of the Museum’s Board of Directors, Paul Massey

The Tenement Museum wouldn’t exist without the passion of our founders Ruth Abram and Anita Jacobson, the dedication of our amazing staff, and of course the support of our visitors, donors and friends. We’re looking forward to another amazing 25 years!

Posted by Lib Tietjen