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Morris Vogel

Morris J. Vogel is president of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which tells the stories of the immigrations that built New York and reshaped the United States in the years from 1840 to 1930.  The Museum has been honored twice at the White House in recent years with both the National Medal for Museum Service and the Presidential Preserve America Award.

 

"Support from The Likhachev Foundation brought me to St. Petersburg to explore sources that will allow the Tenement Museum to enrich the historical narratives of immigration from the Russian empire.  The Museum tells the stories of generations of families who made homes in its National Historic Site, a tenement that housed 7000 immigrants between 1863 and 1935.  We tell the American facets of these stories at a granular level, identifying work and schooling, religious observance and community engagement, hopes and struggles, but we have no parallel information at the individual level about the homelands and traditions from which these immigrants originated.


Work at the Russian Museum of Ethnography and visits with staff of the Museum of Petersburg Jewish Historical-Ethnographic Society established fruitful relationships that will allow research into materials through which we hope to fill out the individual stories the Tenement Museum presents.  The Museum is particularly interested in how these immigrants lived before they left their Russian homelands. I also made progress toward organizing a collaborative project with the Russian Museum of Ethnography that will exhibit images of Jewish life in early 20th-century Russia along with matching photographs and accounts of Jewish life in New York.  This work will result in the Tenement Museum being able to present a richer account of the individuals who left Russia to make new lives in America in the period 1880-1924, and a better understanding of New York’s rise as a Russian-inflected city"