This past Sunday I went to know one of the most interesting museums in the city. I had always been very interesting to the migratory movement of the early twentieth century to the city of New York and, finally, I had the opportunity to know the history through their own houses. In this case, the building, where the Tenement Museum is currently located, served as accommodation for about 7000 people from the end of the 19th century to 1935, the year in which the building was completely closed.
Thus, in small groups of ten people for more than two hours, the story of unknown families who left their own countries and had to learn to restart a new life in a different culture. During this visit, the discussion became as part of the learning. This method allows us to pay attention about the similar circumstances that linked those people with nowadays. Among these circumstances, there were some issues such as large families, the relationship between work and housing or the fastest way to learn English for the immigrant people.
I completely recommend this activity because it certainly teaches us a way of life that has been able to developed New York city in the last century. A city that could not be understood without the work of all their immigrants.