Saturday, December 5th 2020
6.30pm Ireland / 1.30pm NYC
presented with Lower East Side Tenement Museum
LES Tenement Museum & The New York Irish of the 1860’s
A Virtual Tour
Travel back to 1860s New York to visit Joseph and Bridget Moore, Irish immigrants living with their children at 97 Orchard Street on New York’s Lower East Side, now home to the Tenement Museum. This virtual tour of the museum visits their tenement apartment, restored to the time, to understand daily life and discuss the Moore’s experiences as Irish New Yorkers. How were they making an Irish home in the heart of the ‘Little Germany’ neighborhood? What discrimination might they have faced, what opportunities did they have as Irish immigrants, and how do their stories help us understand our present day?
Located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, The Tenement Museum tells the true stories of 97 Orchard Street. Built in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7,000 working class immigrants. They faced challenges we understand today: making a new life, working for a better future, starting a family with limited means. In recognising the importance of this seemingly ordinary building, the Tenement Museum has brought family histories back to life and re-imagined the role that museums can play in our lives today.