‘Under One Roof’ with the Immigrant Families of the Tenement Museum
In the last room, which represents the garment shop, we listened to memories about life in the garment industry. We watched videos of garment workers and their children, and heard stories about union leaders and shop owners. At a pay phone, we could listen to stories told by members of the Wong family. The tour ends with a video of Mrs Wong recalling her naturalization ceremony in 1973.
We spoke about “Under One Roof” with Annie Polland, Senior Vice President of Education & Programs, who told us that the exhibit took more than 3 years to prepare. When asked about the impact of the exhibit’s importance in our era, Pollard said, “The museum has always been about how immigrants have shaped, and continued to shape, our evolving national identity. We’ve always been able to tell stories of families reuniting, not separating. At this time, when there’s so much divisiveness, people in the tenements have lessons for us.”
“Under One Roof” opens officially on November 1. However for the month of October, the museum is running one free preview tour per day. For those interested in the free October previews, call the museum at (877) 975-3786 to get added on to one of the tours. More information can be found here, and the site will be updated as upcoming tours are added.