Stories of American History from the Tenement Museum in NYC. Three 30-minute episodes.
JIMMY(1870): During the potato famine, Jimmy McKenna and his family journey from Ireland to NYC only to face job discrimination. When Jimmy finally gets a job working on the Brooklyn Bridge he must dig deep to face his fears and ﬁnd courage for his family.
MARCO & LORENZO (1888): Brothers Marco and Lorenzo have different philosophies on how to adapt to their new life in NYC. Lorenzo wants to become fully American and Marco wants to hold onto his Sicilian roots. It takes a record-shattering blizzard for the brothers to reconcile their differences and ﬁnd their own way of being Sicilian American.
GOLDINE (1909): Goldine works at a garment factory ﬁlled with dangerous conditions. As a young Jewish immigrant this is the only job she can ﬁnd and she just hopes to ﬁnd a way out. When her opportunity to leave the factory comes during the same week as a strike for worker’s safety she is faced with an epic dilemma.
THEMES: Immigration, discrimination, perseverance, familial love, friendship, self-pride.
Social Studies: Irish, Italian and Eastern European Jewish immigration between 1860-1909. Tenement living, history of tenements, unionization and collective bargaining, connections to modern immigration
Science: Engineering/ bridge construction, The Great Blizzard of 1888
Language Arts: Fantasy, Foreshadowing, Imagery, Symbolism
Theater Arts: Acting, puppetry, mask, original music, devising, storytelling
Grades 3-8, Pre-Recorded performance.
Viewing license good from February 16 – May 15, 2022
$200 for entire School for two weeks -Three 30 minute episodes include an introduction to the tenements
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