Tenement Museum: Working with Primary Sources, High School

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This fun, interactive lesson provided by the Tenement Museum has students examine census records for 97 Orchard Street to reconstruct part of the history of the Lower East Side between the years 1870 and 2010.   

Students will:

  • Understand that primary source documents can help us understand people, places, and events from the past.
  • Think critically about historic records.
  • Explore change over time.
  • Explore the strengths and limitations of using primary source documents as a research tool.

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2020 census US map
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