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South Street Seaport Museum


Flesh & Blood: New Yorkers Search for Their Immigrant Ancestry


South Street Seaport Museum

National Archives Northeast Region

Hand-tinted photo collage of Joseph Silinonte by Elaine Norman

Concept, Project Management, Research, Writing & Editing

The exhibition’s goal was to present a fuller picture of New York City’s immigration history through the stories of 13 New Yorkers whose ancestors arrived anywhere from 350 to 50 years prior. Each subject had done extensive family-history research and was photographed, by one of five portrait photographers, in a New York City location relevant to his or her story. Photographs were accompanied by excerpts of oral histories,by Pam Sporn, as well as archival materials from personal and institutional collections.

Portrait photography: Doris Barnes, Philippe Cheng, Elaine Ellman, Hazel Hankin, Elaine Norman