Thursday, November 11, 2010

Snapshot - A Recap

Saturday we hosted Snapshot! A Tenement Museum Photo Event at 97 Orchard Street. Forty-one folks joined us for coffee, apple cider, and donuts, then spread out inside the tenement to see the apartments and take as many photographs as they wanted.

We had a great crowd, a mix of serious amateur photographers and those who just wanted to see the entire building at their own pace. I loved talking to an entire extended family of women - from grandmothers & great-aunts down to tween granddaughters - who decided to spend the day together on the Lower East Side. Everyone was curious about the families represented in our restored spaces and about the building's history.

First we welcomed our visitors in 97 Orchard's parlor. Pedro gave a quick background on the building's history and the families whose apartments we've restored.

Then we let our visitors loose to wander the halls.

You can see some of the amazing photographs that our Snapshot participants took by visiting our Flickr Group.

Special thanks to our refreshments sponsors for this event, Red Jacket Orchards, Roasting Plant, and Doughnut Plant. Yum!!

If you missed out on this Snapshot! or the one back in July, never fear - we'll be hosting another event (or two) in the spring. We love the vibe of this program; interacting with so many lovely, enthusiastic people just makes our day. If you're curious as to why we decided to give this event a shot in the first place, read this blog post by Nina Simon, where she encourages museums to open themselves up to photography. While we still don't think allowing photography on our tours is the right move for us, we're happy to be able to open the museum up now and again for people to experience it through their camera lenses.

- Posted by Kate

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