Today we will begin by experiencing the late 19th and early 20th century America from the immigrant's perspective, and then end the day with site visits to 2 national landmarks.

We begin today with an 8:30 a.m. departure from the hotel. Grab a quick complimentary breakfast before heading to the bus. As we navigate the crowded taxi-filled streets of NYC, we will make a quick stop to see the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then it's a short drive to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum . We arrive at the Tenement Museum at 9:00 a.m., where we will tour the building, visit the restored apartments of past residents from different time periods, meet the residents (played by costumed interpreters) who lived at 97 Orchard Street, and walk the neighborhood and discover the Lower East Side and the way immigrants helped shaped the area and its culture. We will begin with an introduction to the Museum and then Museum staff will lead us on a Sweatshop Workers tour. Then, we will participate in a Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire primary source activity. Following the activity, we will head outside for a walking tour around the neighborhood. We will break for lunch at 12:30 p.m. Before we leave the Tenement Museum at 1:00 p.m., take some time to shop. Check out the Tenement Museum's Education Resource page for elementary, middle, and high school LESSON PLANS. Peruse the Museum Shop's online store to see if there's anything that catches your eye--Museum Shop.

After our Museum visit, we will make our way to Wall Street for a 2:00 p.m. ranger-guided tour of Federal Hall, "the Birthplace of American Government." What cool things can you expect to see? George Washington's Inaugural Bible; a piece of the Balcony from the original Federal Hall that Washington took the oath of office; the Hall's permanent displays such as a Portrait Gallery and a Printing Press documenting the trial of newspaperman John Peter Zenger, which contributed to the notion of freedom of the press. Check out this brief video for a quick introduction to Federal Hall. If we have time, we might be able to walk over to Trinity Church and pay our respects to the guy on the $10 bill.

After our time spent at the financial center of the United States, it's time to head uptown for a 4:00 p.m. visit to the Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial Park to hopefully solve a century-long mystery--who really is buried in Grant's tomb? For a brief introductory film to the U.S. Grant Memorial, see this video (scroll down and find the U.S. Grant Memorial and select from one of the 3 options to view the video). There is a fantastic book on the history of Grant's memory that looks at the Memorial that recently came out by Joan Waugh, U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth. Waugh even referenced a certain 3rd-rate graduate students tour guide that you may know; therefore, it has my stamp of approval. If anyone is interested in taking a look at my own personal copy of the book, just send me an e-mail and I'll be happy to bring it with me during the trip for anyone to read on the bus.

If the weather looks good, we can always, after our visit to the Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial Park, embark on a statue tour led by your 3rd-rate student tour guide through Central Park!

Finally, we return to the hotel. Since we are in NYC, the night is yours! It will be dinner on your own (per the TAH grant's dinner per diem, we will reemburse up to $15.00). Hail a cab and enjoy the nightlife that NYC offers! Stroll over several blocks to stare in the heavens and gaze upon the Empire State Building, stand at the pier to get a glimpse of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum newest addition (the city has just lifted the Enterprise Space Shuttle onto the deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid), witness the excitement of Times Square, or take in a Broadway show. And of course, shop, shop, till you drop (sorry, no TAH reembursements for shopping sprees)! Just don't party too hard. We will be checking-out of the hotel and leaving for the ultimate immigrant experience first thing tomorrow morning!

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Levine's Kitchen on the Tenement Museum Tour
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George Washington took the oath of office at Federal Hall in 1789
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Federal Hall and Wall Street under moonlight
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Who's Really Buried in Grant's Tomb?
Dedication of Grant's Memorial, 1897
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Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial Park
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