Morris J. Vogel: Temple U. historian to head NYC’s Tenement Museum





Morris J. Vogel, professor of history at Temple University, has been named president of the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side in New York City, taking over from founding president Ruth J. Abram.

Vogel, 62, was born on the steppes of Kazakhstan to Polish-Jewish parents who fled eastward during World War II. After the war, the family lived in displaced-persons camps before coming to the United States in 1949. Vogel knows his immigrants.

"I became an American historian because I was curious about who I was in the refugee context, always harkening back to what was a 'real' American and watching Americans evolve toward a generous and inclusive understanding of their national identity," Vogel said in a statement.



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