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97 Orchard

97 Orchard
7 Orchard brings to life the immigrant experience through the stories of five families who lived in one Lower East Side tenement, telling the tale through the foods they brought from home. They came off the boats by the millions, carrying their satchels, their dreams, hoping to become Americans. Germans, Irish, Italians, Jews, the immigrant men and women who crossed the ocean in the Great Migration of 1870 to 1920 also carried with them their recipes and an abiding taste for the foods of the Old Country.

Passing the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor before spreading out throughout the country to transform their lives --- through the foods they ate they also transformed the America in which they landed. Clinging to the foods they knew and loved, they gave to America sauerkraut, the hot dog, the bagel, pizza and pasta. We will trace this story of how the foods they cooked became the foods America now thinks of as its own through the lives of five of the families who lived at 97 Orchard Street, today the Tenement Museum on New York?s Lower East Side, from the 1860s when it was built until the 1930s when it was abandoned, using Jane Ziegelman, the author of ?97 Orchard? as a primary source.

Producers Ron Steinman and Eileen Douglas of Douglas/Steinman Productions and co-producer Les Crystal, former president of NBC News and for 22 years Executive Producer of PBS?s The NewsHour have received letters of interest from PBS?s American Public Television and New York?s public television station THIRTEEN.
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