Tenement Museum gets grant for a post-WWII exhibition
Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities this week, the Tenement Museum will expand to 103 Orchard Street with a new installation.
Thu Dec 5 2013
Photograph: Courtesy of the Tenement Museum
The Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side, one of the most wondrous historical spots in the city, is about to extend its reach into the mid 20th century thanks to a $500,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities this week. Until now, the museum has operated out of 97 Orchard Street, where several former tenement apartments have been painstakingly restored to the condition they were in while inhabited by specific families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But because the building was vacated in 1935 (it was never brought up to modern safety code), the history lesson more or less stopped right there. (The museum's latest show to date, "Shop Life," goes a bit further but without the former-apartment dimension.)
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With this new grant, the museum will take over at least a portion of 103 Orchard Street, whose ground floor is now occupied by the Tenement Museum shop, to tell the little known stories of Puerto Rican immigrants as well as Chinese immigrants who moved in in the 1960s and ’70s after the anti-Asian immigration laws were repealed. No time frame has been announced for the renovation, but we'll keep you posted when we find out.