Tenement Museum: From Ellis Island to Orchard Street

This engaging interactive site invites you to share the experiences of immigrants in 1916 as they make the decision to leave their homes and move to America. The guide for this adventure is an actress portraying 14-year-old Victoria Confino, who will help you as you create your virtual identity and adjust to your new life as an immigrant. There are primary sources from the early 20th century, photographs of the time, and a visit to Victoria’s apartment in a lower East Side New York tenement building. You can walk the streets of New York, buy food of the time, see what you can do for fun, and perhaps you can get a job.

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