New York, New York Guide (B): Uncovering a Time Capsule at the Tenement Museum, NYC

Uncovering a Time Capsule at the Tenement Museum, NYC
While Henry Clay Frick and John Pierpont Morgan were amassing their art collections with the millions they made during the industrial revolution and setting the basis for the USA, a different story was taking place in the low income areas of New York City, like the Lower East Side where newcomers to the USA flocked by hundreds and also shaped the country.

97 Orchard Street, the Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1988

The Lower East Side is not yet the trendy area in which bars and restaurants are lined up. Ruth Abram is a historian and social activist, passionate about this immigrant district. She is looking for a space to run her walking tours from. Visiting a store front at 97 Orchard Street, she asks for the restrooms: she has to leave the store at the back to enter the building area to reach the toilets. Amazed, she realizes she has just discovered a time capsule! This building has been empty and untouched since 1935: this is the start of the Tenement Museum that retraces the story of several immigrant families between 1863 and 1935.

About 7 000 people lived at this address during these 72 years, with an average of about 6 people per each 30-square-metre flat. The staff of the tenement museum has been researching the tenants extensively to rewrite the history of some of these families thanks to census data, ship manifests, birth and death certificates, employment and city tax documents, interviewing children and grandchildren to help filling in the blanks… It ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Uncovering a Time Capsule at the Tenement Museum, NYC
Guide Location: USA » New York
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Tenement Museum  
Author: Marcella Van Alphen
Read it on author's website: https://bestregardsfromfar.com/2017/08/12/tenement-museum-nyc/

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