Tenement Museum expands

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New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum has worked hard in recent years to remind visitors that immigrant life is not simply a historical artifact, with walking tours and events that highlight the present-day immigrant lives of the Lower East Side. Now they are filling in the gap between the exhibits at their original museum site, 97 Orchard Street, and the streets of today.

In 2007 the museum purchased a former tenement at 103 Orchard Street (also known as 81 Delancey) and installed their visitors’ center and gift shop on the ground floor. Next year they will open new apartment exhibits in that building, telling the stories of newcomers who arrived after World War II: Holocaust survivors, U.S. citizens from Puerto Rico, and Chinese families, especially after the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 abolished the quota system.

Liz Robbins in the New York Times can tell you all about it.

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