Tenement Museum brings back the New York City of Kearns family memories

The book, An Unfinished Revolution, offers a picture of what the tenements of the Lower East Side of New York City were like at the turn of the twentieth century when Wilmer Kearns walked through the area. He visited his favorite German restaurant on the Lower East Side, not far from where he lived at the Penington, the Quaker boarding house on East 15th Street, where he lived before marrying Edna May Buckman in 1904. The Penington, named after an English Quaker, is still in operation today.

The New York City tenements of the Lower East Side housed thousands of cigar workers as well, a story of the cigar manufacturing industry where Wilmer Kearns worked his first job at T.J. Dunn, featured in the book by Marguerite Kearns.

This contemporary museum is dedicated to education about the impact of the large immigration by way of Ellis Island in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. The Tenement Museum is listed on this web site under “Places to Visit” that gives a feeling in the present day of what the city was like over 100 years ago.

An Unfinished-Revolution.com highlights the memoir and family history by Marguerite Kearns where activism was passed down in four generations of her family. Edna and Wilmer Kearns, Marguerite’s grandparents, were activists in the women’s voting rights movement in New York City and on Long Island.

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