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NYC museum hosts naturalization ceremony

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum will celebrate the opening of its new visitor center by hosting a naturalization ceremony for 18 New York City residents as they become U.S. citizens.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum will celebrate the opening of its new visitor center by hosting a naturalization ceremony for 18 New York City residents as they become U.S. citizens.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is among the scheduled speakers at Tuesday's ceremony.

The museum's new visitor and education center will include classrooms, a screening room and a demonstration kitchen for culinary programs.

The museum was founded in 1988 in a landmarked tenement building. It was home to more than 7,000 immigrants between 1863 and 1935.

It's dedicated to using the history of its site as a tool for addressing issues that are still relevant today, including immigration.

The 18 New York City residents being naturalized come from 17 nations.