Tenement Museum Officially Kicks off Expansion Project with Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted on: September 16th, 2016 at 5:11 am by
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After two months of interior gutting and a flashy new website to boot, the Tenement Museum “officially” broke ground on its newest exhibition at 103 Orchard Street. The announcement happened yesterday with much fanfare – a morning press conference including all the requisite local politicians and press in tow.

As previously reported – here and elsewhere – the upper floors of 103 Orchard Street (aka 81 Delancey) will offer a glimpse of the more modern era at this corner of the Lower East Side (i.e. “Your Story, Our Story”). Even as the thirty-year-old institution – one that champions preserving immigrant histories – continues to oppose grassroots efforts to more globally preserve the area as a landmarked Historic District.

The trio of exhibitions in the new space is set to launch sometime next summer, and will focus on post-WWII history. Specifically, the life and times of the Puerto Rican Saez family, the Chinese Wong family, and a family of Jewish Holocaust survivors named the Epsteins.

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To help realize this next chapter, the Tenement Museum simultaneously announced a crowdfunding campaign via Crowdrise. But do they truly care about preserving the Lower East Side or just their place in it?

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