The Tenement Museum: Immigration Options, New York
Witness the experiences of 19th and 20th century immigrants from many different cultures and investigate universal themes of cultural identity, discrimination, and human rights. Interactive options include either ‘Meet the Resident’, a themed building tour or a tour of the neighbourhood.
Meet the Resident: Students meet a costumed interpreter portraying an actual resident and hear first-hand about their experiences.
· Victoria Confino
Your group play the part of a new immigrant family in 1916 searching for a first home. Get help from Victoria Confino, a 14-year-old immigrant who lives at 97 Orchard Street. Students can ask Victoria questions to prepare them for their new lives in America and learn about the immigrant experience of starting your life over.
Building Tours: interactive building tours telling the stories of immigrant families that lived at 97 Orchard Street. Options include;
· Hard Times
See how life at 97 Orchard Street differed for a German-Jewish family in the 1870s and a Sicilian-Catholic family during the 1930s. Learn how families cope with hard times and who they can turn to for help.
· Irish Outsiders
Experience the immigrant saga through the music, images, and artifacts of Irish America.. Visit the 1869 home of the Moores, Irish immigrants coping with the death of a child and explore issues of discrimination, healthcare, and survival.
· Sweatshop Workers
Visit the homes of two Jewish families who lived at 97 Orchard Street during the great wave of immigration. Learn about the jobs the families found in the garment industry and how work influences a family home, cultural traditions, and social lives.
Neighbourhood Walking Tours: Step outsiode and explore the Lower East Side and uncover the history and culture of the city streets. Walking tours take place outside and include;
· Outside the Home
Investigate communal spaces and places central to immigrant life a century ago. Sites include the towering Jarmulowsky Bank building, where immigrants deposited (and eventually lost) their life savings; the Jewish Daily Forward building, where socialists fought for worker rights; and PS 42, where generations of immigrants learned how to be "American."
· Then and Now
Discuss how public spaces and buildings shape a community's identity. Learn how to read the history of change in a neighborhood. Stops include an Asian temple, a Depression-era park turned community garden, and a synagogue that became a church.