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GA-256338-17

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Annie Polland (Project Director: January 2017 to present)

Museums and Digital Storytelling Reunion

In May 2016, the LESTM hosted a Digital Storytelling Workshop in New York City with 20 museum professionals. Evaluator Dr. Kate Haley Goldman’s summative report found that participants learned the following: 1) A more purposeful practice and language around digital storytelling that they’ve since used at their respective institutions; 2) Working on Digital Storytelling projects helped them focus on their role as storytellers, and in turn helped them to conceive of more audience-focused projects; 3) Access to exemplars of digital storytelling that they could bring back to their board and staff and provide a better appreciation for the infrastructure needed to support the projects. The evaluation also demonstrated that participants identified five main  attributes of conveying humanities content that can be enhanced through the use of digital storytelling: 1) A sense of presence or immersion; 2) Multiple voices and diversity; 3) Telling more complex stories; 4) Moving from listener to participant; 5) The ability to investigate several monuments in time. In turn, these elements helped participants better describe their own project goals.

Despite the conference’s impact, a refrain emerged that participants lacked the opportunity to work on their individual projects. We’ve thus developed the plan for a conference reunion dedicated to workshopping participants’ projects. We will construct sessions to not only shepherd along the individual practitioner’s progress, but yield best practices for the museum community, to be shared on the Weebly dedicated to museums and digital storytelling. 

Project fields:

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2017 – 8/31/2017


GI-228537-15

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Annie Polland (Project Director: August 2014 to present)

103 Orchard Street Exhibit

Implementation of a historic site tour and interactive media that would tell the stories of immigrants who settled in New York City after 1945.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum requests a $400,000 Implementation Grant to create the tour content and interactive media for an exhibit that will tell the stories of immigrants who settled in New York City after WWII. The Museum will install this exhibit in a recently acquired 1888 tenement at 103 Orchard Street. This project will draw on humanities scholars whose expertise spans such themes as ethnic succession, pluralism, lived religion, immigrant foodways, the garment industry, and immigration. The project's principal deliverable is a dynamic exhibit telling three stories of contemporary immigration through: 1) an interactive and multi-layered apartment; 2) Storylines, an interactive subway map; 3) educator instruction, provided by humanities scholars, and scholar-produced essays that will be used as training material; and, 4) a series of public programs under the auspices of the Museum's free evening lecture series, Tenement Talks.

Project fields:
Immigration History

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2015 – 4/30/2018


GA-233226-15

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Annie Polland (Project Director: April 2015 to present)

Museums and Digital Storytelling

A three-day professional development workshop on best practices for using digital storytelling to convey humanities content in museum settings and a website to disseminate workshop findings to the broader museum field.

Museum experts have acknowledged that "books on a wall," even when crafted by the most scholarly experts in a given field, sometimes fails to reach audiences. Storytelling, on the other hand, can become a powerful way to convey humanities interpretation of art, science, design and history to a wide range of museum audiences. Now, digital storytelling is in the air, upping the ante and promising to enhance these connections, to tell multiple stories and perhaps convey multiple interpretations of those stories to diverse audiences. As attractive as this is, pinning down a definition for digital storytelling as it applies to museums is difficult. Museum professionals know they should be exploring it, but what, exactly, is digital storytelling? Is it an app, a website, an interactive, a video? Does it need to comprise an entire exhibit or can it punctuate a more traditional exhibit? Can it truly prompt different interactions with museum space and other museum visitors? And if so, are there best practices that can be used as guidelines? Most important, how can museums ensure that digital storytelling's attractions enhance humanities themes as opposed to distracting from them? The Lower East Side Tenement Museum proposes a three-day professional development workshop for museum professionals to explore innovative uses of digital technology in the museum setting. Hosted by the Tenement Museum in New York City in the spring of 2016, this workshop will equip up to 20 museum curators with a deeper understanding of the pedagogy and interpretive tools necessary for effective digital storytelling.

Project fields:

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,749 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


CH-51182-15

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Annie Polland (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Renovation to Expand Story of American Immigration History into Post-World War II Period

Construction to prepare three floors of its recently acquired 103 Orchard Street building for exhibition, program, and administrative space, and to replace the roof and cornice.

[Media coverage]

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$500,000

Grant period:
12/1/2012 – 7/31/2018


GI-50666-14

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Annie Polland (Project Director: August 2013 to present)

103 Orchard Street Website

Implementation of a web-based virtual tour and public programs at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum that examine post-World War II immigration through the experiences of three families that resided at 103 Orchard Street from the 1950s through the 1980s.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a leading cultural institution dedicated to exploring America's immigrant heritage, requests a $400,000 Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to allow it to develop a website exhibit and series of public programs on post-World War II immigration. This project will also provide the intellectual underpinnings for the subsequent installation of exhibits in three bricks-and-mortar exhibits. The principal deliverable of this project will be the engaging, interactive, and multi-layered 103 Orchard Street Website. As an innovative element in introducing its audience to the history of contemporary immigration, and as a key feature of that longer-term project, the website-based virtual tour will highlight the perspectives of three families who lived at 103 Orchard Street. Taken collectively, these families' separate narratives will underscore broader humanities themes.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2014 – 3/31/2016


PG-51292-11

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Derya Golpinar (Project Director: May 2010 to July 2012)
Dana Friedman (Project Director: July 2012 to present)

Tenement Museum Collections Environmental Monitoring

The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment recommended by a preservation consultant and the recalibration of existing equipment in order to monitor temperature, relative humidity, and vibration in a storage area housing a collection of 9,000 objects, 5,000 photographs, and 140 linear feet of archival records. The corpus documents migration history in a location that housed more than 7,000 immigrants from 20 nations between 1863 and 1935, and it is one of the few in the nation to offer information about the material culture of the urban working class and poor during this period.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum requests a grant of $5,905 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to enhance the environmental monitoring of its unique collections and begin examining how vibrations affect its collections. If awarded a grant, the Museum will purchase new environmental monitoring equipment, including climate and vibration dataloggers, recalibrate its existing climate dataloggers that are currently ineffective, and hire a consultant to implement a vibration monitoring program and train museum staff on the use of the equipment and how to interpret the data collected.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,905 (approved)
$5,905 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 6/30/2013


BP-50190-10

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Annie Polland (Project Director: August 2009 to present)

Under the Tenement Roofs: Placing Real Life Stories into History

Planning to strengthen and update public tours within a thematic framework of the built environment, lived religion and Americanization, and Progressive-Era social activists.

This project will enable the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a living testimonial to the history of immigration, to hire historians, museum specialists, and education evaluators to help the Museum strengthen and update the content of its public tours of 97 Orchard St. Between 1863 and 1935, more than 7,000 immigrants lived in this building and the Museum has skillfully recreated six of these apartments to convey the "real-life stories" of these immigrants and connect it to broader themes in American history. Between April 2010 and 2011, these specialists will meet with Museum staff to discuss re-envisioning tour content within the framework of three humanities themes: the built environment, lived religion, and Progressive-Era social activists.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Interpreting America's Historic Places: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2010 – 4/30/2011


PG-50930-10

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Derya Golpinar (Project Director: May 2009 to present)

Lower East Side Tenement Museum Collection Plan

Funding supports the development of storage plans for the museum's collections, which include clothing, household accessories, furniture, photographs, and architectural fragments from the tenement building at 97 Orchard Street and materials donated by former residents, shopkeepers, owners, and their descendants. The collections document life in Lower East Side tenement houses during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum requests a grant of $5,320.00 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the creation of two detailed plans for the proper housing and storage of its object and architectural collections into secure, climate-controlled spaces. The majority of the Museum's objects are currently stored below ground level in a basement space at 91 Orchard Street, and nearly 1,775 objects are stored in the cellar of its building at 97 Orchard Street. The current storage conditions are substandard, and the collections are at risk. This project will ensure the collections' safety by supporting the creation of two storage plans to adapt newly available space into a secure storage room and to outline the proper storage and housing of large furniture and architectural fragments currently housed at 97 Orchard Street. Support from this grant will cover consultant costs and costs associated with consultant work.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,320 (approved)
$5,320 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 6/30/2011


BR-50141-10

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Annie Polland (Project Director: January 2010 to present)

Minding the Store: Commerce and Community on the Lower East Side

Implementation of a permanent interpretation of lower-level spaces for living and commerce at 91 Orchard Street, including a saloon (1870, Germans), a kosher butcher store (1890, Eastern-European Jews), and an auction house (1930s, second-generation Jews), as key sites of immigrant Americanization.

Minding the Store will broaden public understanding of American history and culture by educating visitors about how immigrant shopkeepers and their communities introduced practices and customs that challenged, accommodated, and helped reshape American society and its values. In Schneider???s 1870s German lager bier saloon, visitors will learn how saloons served as community centers for German immigrants and sites of political activity, and how the German saloon influenced American leisure culture. In the 1890s home of kosher butcher Israel Lustgarten, visitors will learn how Jewish immigrants adopted American capitalism to serve the religious needs of their community, and how owning a business was a vehicle for economic and social mobility. In Max Marcus 1930???s auction house and the media installation in that space, visitors will experience the ritual of buying and selling across the generations of storefronts housed at 97 Orchard Street. Minding the Store will open in January 2011.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Interpreting America's Historic Places: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 2/28/2013


PG-50409-08

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Stephen H. Long (Project Director: May 2007 to present)

Rehousing the Tenement Museum's Archival Collections

Purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies to rehouse manuscripts, archives, photographs, and audio and video materials that illustrate life in Lower East Side, New York, tenement houses during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum (The Tenement Museum) requests support for the rehousing of its archival collections in a new, climate-controlled space. This project will support the purchase of 12 new Metro mobile shelving units and new acid- and lignin-free folders and archival flip-top cases and cartons. The Tenement Museum's archival collection is used for research by outside scholars more than any other materials in its collection.

Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2007 – 5/31/2009


BP-50071-08

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Stephen H. Long (Project Director: September 2007 to June 2008)
Renee Epps (Project Director: June 2008 to present)

Rear Yard Exhibit

Planning an exhibit and programs interpreting the backyard as used by tenants from 1864 to 1905, exploring themes of urban sanitation, technological change, and social reform, and the uses of rear yards as communal spaces.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum seeks $40,000 from the National Endowment for Humanities to cover part of the costs associated with hiring outside consultants needed to continue planning the Rear Yard Exhibit. The Rear Yard Exhibit will recreate the backyard and privies (toilets used by tenement residents from 1864 until 1905) behind the Museum's landmark tenement building at 97 Orchard Street. To date, the Museum has researched and restored five apartments in 97 Orchard Street, creating "period apartments" that offer the public a glimpse into the experiences of the diverse immigrant families who lived in the building between 1863 and 1935. The Rear Yard Exhibit will enhance Museum visitors' understanding of the immigrant experience on the Lower East Side in the 19th century by providing visitors with an in-depth understanding of how immigrants existed day-to day. The exhibit will also explore themes such as urban sanitation and the communal aspects of rear yards.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Interpreting America's Historic Places: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2008 – 9/30/2009


MC-50075-07

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Stephen H. Long (Project Director: September 2006 to present)

Planning the Interpretation of the Rear Yard of 97 Orchard Street

Consultation to plan an exhibit about sanitation and the water system in the backyard of a 19th-century tenement building that would explore issues of urban sanitation, immigrant life, the state of medical knowledge about public health, and housing reform pressures in the period 1864 to 1905.

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum seeks $10,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities in order to cover part of the costs associated with hiring outside consultants needed to implement the planning of a new Rear Yard Exhibit, scheduled to open in 2008. The Rear Yard Exhibit will recreate the backyard and privies (the toilets used by tenement residents from 1864 until 1905) behind the Museum?s landmark tenement building at 97 Orchard Street, and interpret the history of urban sanitation during this period.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Museums Consultation

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2007 – 3/31/2008


EE-50376-06

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Stephen H. Long (Project Director: October 2005 to present)

Irish Immigration Education Materials

The development of K-12 educational materials and web-based resources in support of the museum's new exhibition, "An Irish Family in America."

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2006 – 6/30/2007


PA-51740-06

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Stephen H. Long (Project Director: May 2005 to present)

Installation of Ultraviolet Light Protection in Historic Building

Light reduction measures in the museum's national landmark historic tenement building, where humanities collections are displayed in five "apartments" restored to depict the homes of former immigrant residents.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 6/30/2007


GM-50382-05

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Stephen H. Long (Project Director: September 2004 to present)

John Schneider's Saloon

Consultation with scholars and interpretive experts to develop an interpretation of an immigrant saloon operated in the museum's historic tenement building at 97 Orchard Street.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Museums and Historical Organizations, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2005 – 6/30/2006


GM-50229-04

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Jeff Tancil (Project Director: September 2003 to present)

Interactive Online Tenement Museum Experience

Consultation with scholarly and media experts, and user testing, to develop an interactive website exploring the urban immigrant experience on New York’s Lower East Side.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Museums and Historical Organizations, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2004 – 6/30/2005


GM-50021-03

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Stephen H. Long (Project Director: September 2002 to present)

An Irish Family in New York

Planning for the restoration and interpretation of an apartment at the museum's historic tenement house that was once occupied by a 19th-century Irish American family.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Museums and Historical Organizations, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2003 – 4/30/2004


CH-20871-02

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Ruth J. Abram (Project Director: May 2001 to present)

NEH Challenge Grant for Lower East Side Tenement Museum Endowment.

Endowment for humanities programming, the museum's Web site, outside scholars, a collections management program, and the American Immigration Heritage Center.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$500,000

Grant period:
12/1/2000 – 7/31/2006


GM-26143-00

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Kate Fermoile (Project Director: February 2000 to present)

The Sweatshop Apartment

A permanent installation, audio tour, website, and school and public programs interpreting a 19th-century sweatshop.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Museums and Historical Organizations, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$197,553 (approved)
$197,553 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2000 – 11/30/2001


CH-20269-96

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Ruth J. Abram (Project Director: May 1995 to present)

Purchase and Restoration of a Nineteenth-Century Tenement Building.

To support the purchase and renovation of a nineteenth-century tenement building to expand exhibitions and programs interpreting immigrant life and culture.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$300,000

Grant period:
12/1/1994 – 7/31/1997


GS-20061-95

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Ruth J. Abram (Project Director: February 1995 to present)

Around the Kitchen Table (The Kitchen)

To support three phases of conversations among community leaders, neighborhood residents, and museum visitors, focusing on the experiences of past and presentimmigrants to America.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Enterprise Awards Pre 2001

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1995 – 6/30/1997


GM-25239-94

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Richard Rabinowitz (Project Director: December 1993 to present)

Material Life of Tenement People in 19th-Century New York

To support planning for an exhibition on the material culture of New Yorkers who resided in Manhattan's Lower East Side tenement district from 1850 to the present.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Museums and Historical Organizations, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$50,356 (approved)
$50,356 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/1994 – 9/30/1995


GM-24881-93

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Richard Rabinowitz (Project Director: June 1992 to present)

Lower East Side Tenement Interpretive Project

To support exhibitions, period installations, audiovisual programs, and tours that will interpret a surviving Lower East Side tenement and its residents from 1863 to 1935.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Museums and Historical Organizations, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$180,000 (approved)
$180,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1993 – 6/30/1995


GM-24556-91

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Richard Rabinowitz (Project Director: December 1990 to present)

Lower East Side Tenement Museum Self-Study Project

To support a self-study of the resources and interpretive programs of the tenement museum, a historic structure on New York's lower east side.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Museums and Historical Organizations, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$20,000 (approved)
$20,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1991 – 6/30/1992


GM-23693-88

Lower East Side Tenement Museum (New York, NY 10002-3102)
Ruth J. Abram (Project Director: December 1987 to present)

The Lower East Side Immigrant Heritage Trail: A Social History Walking Tour Series

To support planning for a series of "living history" walking tours interpretingsix immigrant communities that existed on New York City's Lower East Side from 1850 to 1910.

The Conservancy seeks NEH funding to develop THE LOWER EAST SIDE IMMIGRANT HERITAGE TRAIL, a series of "living history", social history walking tours which present and interpret the lives of members of six immigrant communities which lived on the Lower East Side from 1850-1910: Free Afro-American, Irish, German, Jewish, Chinese and Italian. Set in the context of New York City, U.S. and world history, and led by costumed interpreters, the tours explore the daily lives of "ordinary" members of these six immigrant groups and the major institutions, events and leaders in their communities.

Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Program:
Museums and Historical Organizations, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$69,970 (approved)
$69,970 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1988 – 6/30/1989