Public History

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum: New York, NY

Curatorial Intern, June-August 2012

Selected through a competitive interview process to participate in the Tenement Museum’s Summer Internship Program. Received funding to assist the Director of Curatorial Affairs in the development of future exhibits that extend the museum’s interpretation of immigration to the Lower East Side into the post-WWII period. 

Outcomes and Achievements:

  • Conducted archival research on the Puerto Rican community of the Lower East Side, tracing its growth from the 1920s through the 1980s. Utilized Spanish-language documents and oral histories from the collections of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY.
  • Prepared a 22-page sourcebook to support the creation of future museum tours. Sourcebook focused on: contextualizing Puerto Rican migration to New York in terms of the United States' postwar labor needs; the effects of urban renewal and public housing on the community; and community activism surrounding the issues of juvenile delinquency (1950s and '60s), community control of schools and bilingual education ('60s and '70s), and tenants and housing rights fights in the wake of gentrification in the 1980s.