Lecture by Kevin Jennings, President of the Tenement Museum, NYC

Lecture by Kevin Jennings, President of the Tenement Museum, NYC


The Irish American Heritage Museum will host the lecture "Excluding Newcomers is a Tradition as Old as the Republic" with Kevin Jennings, President of the Tenement Museum in NYC, on October 30 at 7:00 PM. $5. 

Like our museum, the Tenement Museum in New York City is dedicated to telling the stories of immigrants who came to America to make a new life for themselves and their families. As museum founder Ruth Abram described it, the museum, which has recreated several family homes, aims "to bring Americans home to meet our immigrant forbearers ... and to help them see that the immigrants on the streets of New York and other parts of our country today are in the very same shoes. That was the idea of the Tenement Museum: to promote tolerance through the telling of history." Kevin Jennings takes that mission seriously and has written extensively about immigration then and now, to educate and illuminate America's long-standing love-hate relationship with immigration. His many articles, including Excluding Newcomers is a Tradition as Old as the Republic, are the basis for his talk tonight.

A historian by training, Kevin's first professional job at age 18 was to be a tour guide at the Paul Revere House in Boston. He is president of The Tenement Museum in New York City and served as assistant deputy secretary of education under President Barack Obama from 2009-11. He is the author of seven books and the executive producer of two historical documentaries.

370 Broadway | 518.427.1916 | View all upcoming Museum events

October 30 | 7:00 PM
Nearest Parking - OR