Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Travel back to the early 1900s and experience the lives of immigrants along Orchard Street! A living history program lets your group meet costumed interpreters, and play the part of an immigrant themselves – or take on the role of a housing inspector, interview a tenant and a landlord, and investigate 97 Orchard Street to determine if the building is up to code. Hear stories of how immigrants stayed connected to their heritage, while also beginning their lives anew. On a neighborhood walking tour of the Lower East Side, discuss how public spaces, buildings, and culture shape a community’s identity. 
 
Contact Info
Address: 103 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002. New York County. Tel: 877-975-3786. Email: groups@tenement.org. Website: www.tenement.org. Hrs: Fri.-Wed. 10AM–6:30PM, Thurs. 10AM-8:30PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Cost: Fee/Free. Title I funding support.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Living History Lesson Plan

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned about $15 per month more. ... Continue