Tenement Museum Reveals Details About Its Newest Exhibit About Post-WWII LES Life

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 at 11:02 am by
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The Lower East Side Tenement Museum announced its newest permanent exhibit yesterday. It’ll focus on life in the neighborhood after World War II, exploring stories of Chinese immigrants, Jewish Holocaust survivors, and Puerto Rican migrants.

These historical accounts are place-based, tied to the tenement building at 103 Orchard Street. The exhibit itself will be located on an upper floor of the Museum-owned building, which currently houses the visitors center and gift shop on the ground level.

“Now more than ever, the Tenement Museum’s mission and work is deeply relevant,” said Museum President Morris J. Vogel. “The story of our nation’s immigrants is America’s defining narrative, and the joys and challenges of establishing new lives and new communities continue for present-day immigrants around the world. We’re proud and excited that we’ll soon be able to explore a wider range of these stories for a larger audience.”

On a related note, Congress recently approved an amendment to the “Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site Act” (Public Law 105-378) at the behest of Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). The bill, which essentially recognizes 103 Orchard as part of the museum, is still making its way through the legislative branch and up to the President.

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