Morris J. Vogel heads one of the most innovative museums in the country, the Tenement Museum, located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration – recreating through costumed interpreters the personal experiences and stories of the working class immigrants who lived at 97 Orchard Street. With guided tours of the building and surrounding neighborhood, the Tenement Museum enhances the appreciation for the profound role immigration has played and continues to play in shaping America’s evolving national identity.
Dr. Vogel will share his experiences leading the Tenement Museum and speak to the growing trend to make history more accessible to a public audience. Prior to joining the museum in 2008, Dr. Vogel served as a faculty member and chair of the Department of History at Temple University. He is the author or editor of six books in the social history of American medicine, cultural history, and urban history. While at Temple, Vogel founded the NEH-funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) and was a member of the Historic Preservation Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he served as director of Creativity and Culture at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he developed strategies for employing culture as an agent of social transformation.
This lecture is in honor of Dr. Martin L. Levitt, Librarian at the American Philosophical Society (APS), who will retire from his post at year’s end. The APS joins Temple University, where he earned his Ph.D. and taught for many years, in honoring Dr. Levitt for his more than 25 years of service at the American Philosophical Society.
This event is free and open to the public
Closest Parking: Bourse Garage, 400 Ranstead Street (entrance on 4th next to Ritz Movie Theater)