Looking For Support: Immigration and The Great Depression In New York (Middle School)

by  Tenement Museum

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The Baldizzi Family story features an Italian-American family and their 1935 tenement home. By exploring a ship manifest and 1924 newspaper clips, students learn about the push and pull factors of the family’s immigration and the nativistic 1924 immigration law that created obstacles for their journey to the United States.  Through exploration of the recreated apartment, oral histories, historic documents, and photographs, students will understand how the family immigrated and then created a home during the Great Depression. Students will learn about the places in the neighborhood, city, and government where the Baldizzis could turn for help, leading them to discuss where people can go for support today. 

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About This Program


By Request: $125.00

Pricing Structure:

**K-12 Schools**

Title 1 Schools: $50
Public Schools: $125
Private Schools: $175
Costumed Interpreter Program (Meet Victoria): additional $35 per program

K-12 Program Add-Ons
• Recording Fee: $30
• Virtual K-12 Separate Devices Fee: $35

**Collegiate / Adult Learners**
• 1-30 Participants: $300
• 31-50 Participants: $500
• 51-75 Participants: $750
• 76-100 Participants: $1,000

**Corporate Audiences please inquire at specialevents@tenement.org**


1 Hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Culture, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

CANCELLATION/RESCHEDULING/REFUNDING POLICY: Reservation payments are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Refunds are only given if your reservation is rescheduled up to two weeks prior to the reserved date. Any payment canceled less than two weeks will not be refunded and will given a voucher for a future visit. If extenuating circumstances occur, such as staffing strikes or technology issues, suspension of all school activities issued by your Department of Education your reservation may be rescheduled or your payment refunded, at the Museum’s discretion.

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Tenement Museum

New York, NY
United States

Tenement Museum virtual field trips immerse students in the past through 360° images, video, and primary sources. Students explore history through the stories of real people and see how their own stories are part of history. Immigration and migration are the foundation for all programs, and museum educators connect the themes of belonging, community building, and cultural adaptation in programming to create entry points for students of all identities and experiences.

Programs are adapted for students k-12, collegiate, and adult learners and led by a museum educator for a flexible, interactive, and inquiry-based experience that makes history relevant. All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, the C3 framework, and multi-state Social Studies Scope and Sequence.

Kristen Lay (Group Experience Coordinator)

Program Details


While each program may differ based on theme, all virtual experiences follow the same format. Questions are welcomed throughout the program, and students are encouraged to drive the path of inquiry.

1. This program begins with an introduction to tenements and the history of the Tenement at 97 Orchard street.
2. We are introduced to the connection between immigration / migration and the Tenements, and how changing immigration laws affected the community.
3. We are introduced to the Baldizzi family, and their immigration story.
4. Participants learn about where they came from, their arrival in New York City, and how they came to live at 97 Orchard Street.
5. Using 360 technology, participants explore the Baldizzi home and learn about their daily lives.
6. Together we explore how growing up during the Great Depression impacted Josephine Baldizzi and her family.
7. The program closes with time for outstanding questions and thematic discussion.


Students will understand:
• Push and pull factors for Italian immigrants to come to New York at the turn-of-the-century
• The impacts of the Great Depression on the neighborhood and families that lived here, and who they could turn to for support
• Im/migrants adapt to new living conditions and types of communities, often with creativity and resourcefulness. Communities help people meet their needs in a new place.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.1 -- Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.10 -- By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.2 -- Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.4 -- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.5 -- Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.6 -- Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.7 -- Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.8 -- Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.9 -- Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RI.10 -- By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.7.RI.10 -- By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.8.RI.10 -- By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.9-10.RST.2 -- Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.