Saturday, December 5th 2020
6pm Ireland / 1pm NYC
presented with Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The New York Irish of the 1860’s
Virtual tour followed by Kathryn Lloyd (Lower East Side Tenement Museum)
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.
This tour is free to the I.NY audience, but numbers are limited to 100, and you must register at the below link. The tour will be guided live by two guides from the Tenement Museum, who will answer audience questions as the tour progresses. Prior to the tour, Kathryn Lloyd, Director of Programmes at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum will join Dr. David Coughlan in conversation, Head of English and the University of Limerick and scholar of 19th and 20th-century American literature.
Kathryn Lloyd is the Director of Programs at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she collaborates on museum programming and educator training to inspire connections from past to present about migration and American identity. She has taught in museums and afterschool programs for ten years, working to foster connections between learners and their local histories. She received her MA in Psychology from St Andrews University.