The 50 Objects Initiative

The 50 Objects Initiative. A Partnership with The Lower East Side Tenement Museum & the 1882 Foundation Network.

The 1882 Foundation convenes a national network of museums, community-based organizations, educational institutions, and federal agencies to foster collaboration around civil rights education with a focus on the history and legacies of the United States’ Chinese exclusion laws. By creating space to build partnerships across sectors, we preserve and interpret the experiences of Chinese Americans through creative, generative projects. The objects and stories featured on the 50 Objects page on the Tenement Museum’s Your Story, Our Story platform reflect the breadth of efforts occurring across the country to document Chinese American history. Under the stewardship of diverse organizations and individuals, these stories are powerful touchstones to our nation’s past—demonstrating how personal experiences resonate collectively and reinforcing how Chinese American history is American history.

View the stories here.