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The Tenement Museum tells the story of American immigration. It has become one of New York City’s preeminent cultural and educational institutions, welcoming more than 238,000 visitors in 2016. Its two historic tenements on Orchard Street were home to an estimated 15,000 people from more than 20 nations between 1863 and 2000. Educators guide visitors and help them understand how immigrants weathered hard times and built new lives.

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Tenement Museum launches Your Story, Our Story

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 16, 2018

The Tenement Museum launched Your Story, Our Story, an online exhibit featuring 3,000 family objects shared by Americans that tells their personal stories of immigration and migration. PKPR secured coverage for this launch in outlets including EdScoop, Food52, The Asbury Park Press , and Eater.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 5:12 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Tenement Museum shapes immigration debate

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 22, 2017

With immigration dominating the national debate, PKPR worked with The Tenement Museum to develop a thought leadership strategy positioning the museum as a voice providing historical context on immigration. Over the past four months, we have placed two op-eds by the museum’s President Kevin Jennings in The Hill (Trump must not break America’s tradition of immigration and Thank Immigrants for your “American” Christmas), as well as The Daily News (”Italy was once a ‘s**thole’ country”) and Newsweek (A War on Christmas? What Christmas Are You Talking About?)  The museum’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications, David Eng, also wrote a powerful first-person essay for Vice News (I Forgot I Was A Refugee).

Permalink | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 4:04 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Tenement Museum Opens New Exhibit

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 07, 2017

With immigration dominating the national conversation, a major new permanent exhibit opening at The Tenement Museum this month is immersing visitors in the lives of three immigrant and migrant families from different corners of the world—China, Puerto Rico, and Poland—who all lived in the same New York City apartment building during the 1950s to 2014.

PKPR organized a press preview tour of the exhibit attended by 20 journalists. Coverage highlights include: NBC News, CityLab, Tablet, Untapped Cities, The New York Times, The Forward, Sinovision, Splinter, am New York, Bowery Boogie, and Viewing NYC.


Permalink | Posted on Nov 07, 2017 at 10:55 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Tenement Bedrooms in am New York

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 06, 2017

Check out reporter Stav Ziv’s terrific preview in today’s am New York of the Tenement Museum’s new evening series offering an intimate look at what happened in the tiny tenement bedrooms, the setting for sex, childbirth, prostitution, and more.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 06, 2017 at 9:04 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Tenement Museum names new president

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 21, 2017

The Tenement Museum announced this week that Kevin Jennings, the co-founder of GLSEN and a Department of Education official under President Obama, has been named the new president of the cultural and educational institution dedicated to telling the story of American immigration through the personal accounts of immigrant families.

PKPR placed an exclusive on the announcement in The New York Times and secured stories in outlets including the Associated Press, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Forward, and Crain’s New York Business.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 10:50 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

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