The Urban Log Cabin
Over ten thousand people lived at 97 Orchard Street between the years 1870 and 1915.
You may visit some of them, like the 1915 Rogarshevskys seen below, by clicking on the rooms of the tenement building from each era. There are eleven doll house dioramas in all. The dramatizations are based upon actual tenants.

Abraham and Fannie, with their four older children, emigrated from Russia in 1901. Henry (12) and Phillip (8) were born in the U.S. This morning the Rogarchevskys are preparing for the first Seder, the ceremonial meal that begins the Jewish festival of Passover. Bessie is putting a quarter in the gas meter while her father puts away the everyday crockery in a trunk. Clara Kaplan, a boarder, gives Phillip a bag of bread crumbs and bread (chumetz) swept up from every corner of the apartment. Phillip will either burn the chumetz himself or give it to the children in the street who will do it for a few pennies. Henry folds the bedding where he and his brothers slept on the couch extended by chairs.

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