Hard Times: Exploring Immigration and The Great Depression (High School & Adult)

by  Tenement Museum

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By exploring a ship manifest and 1924 newspaper clips, students learn about the push and pull factors of the Baldizzi 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 examine how the family created a home during the Great Depression. They will learn about the various ways the family obtained support, from community connections to New York State’s Home Relief program and the New Deal. Ultimately leading to a discussion about where people go for support today and rights and responsibilities of citizens and government during times of crisis.

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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**


Reservation requests do not guarantee booking. Our group sales staff will contact you within 7 days

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Culture, 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

Reservation requests do not guarantee booking. Our group sales staff will contact you within 7 days with availability. For any questions, please email us at groups@tenement.org

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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 will look closely at primary sources to analyze and explore how this family navigated a national economic crisis
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.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.