Tuesday, March 31, 2009

This weekend at the Tenement Museum - ASL and Walking Tour

Two great programs at the Museum this weekend:

Join us Sunday, April 5 for an American Sign Language interpreted tour. The 1:15 PM The Moores: An Irish Family in America tour will be accompanied by an ASL interpreter and is open to all. If you'd like to make reservations for this special tour, which we offer the first Sunday of every month, contact Sarah at 212-431-0233 ext. 232.

This weekend we're also launching Immigrant Soles, a new neighborhood walking tour. The 90 minute tours focuses on the daily experiences and challenges of the neighborhood’s immigrant residents, visiting places where they ate, studied, worshipped, and lived. It’s a wonderful overview of the social history of the district. You can read a review on the Moving Sidewalk blog.

One of the coolest things about the tour is learning where Mr. Confino had his apron factory (Allen Street), where Mr. Rogarshevsky's funeral parlor was located (just down Orchard), and where Josephine Baldizzi went to elementary school (PS 42 on Hester Street). It's fun to see our historical tenants out of 97 Orchard and out in the streets and factories where they spent much of their time.

Immigrant Soles is offered Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM. (Look for it twice daily by summertime.) The walking tour is a great companion to a building tour, expanding upon the stories and policies we talk about at 97 Orchard Street.

For tickets, see the online calendar, or call 866-811-4111. For more information, please feel free to call the Museum at 212-431-0233.

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