Commerce and Industry: A Virtual Tour of Four National Trust Historic Sites
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Next up on our virtual tour of the National Trust’s 27 historic sites: those specifically related to Commerce and Industry.
In our first tour to Sacred Places, we recognized that defining characteristics of the United States include religious freedom and diversity. Similarly, the National Trust’s four sites related to commerce and industry represent the varied experiences of Americans in their vocational pursuits, running the spectrum from entrepreneurial endeavors to the hardship of immigrant labor.
Now an economic superpower, the United States only emerged as such a little more than 100 years ago, and the places we’ll visit contribute to telling the full story of that emergence. Below we’ll travel through time on a coast-to-coast tour, starting with Cooper Molera Adobe and the Gaylord Building.
While Cooper Molera Adobe and the Gaylord Building focus on commercial enterprises, Hotel de Paris Museum and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum represent the domestic side of workers' lives. Hotel de Paris opened in response to a silver mining boom in Colorado, providing lodging and gourmet meals for miners and traveling businessmen. The Tenement Museum recreates the living conditions of New York's immigrant workers who built new lives in America; often lived in or on the edge of poverty despite full-time employment; and built a foundation for generations of Americans to come.
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