EXHIBIT: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives

EXHIBIT: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half LivesAt the end of the 19th century, New York City was home to a thriving economy — and the worst slums on earth. Jacob Riis, a Danish immigrant working as a newspaper reporter, saw in flash powder photography a way to bring the harsh realities of people living in alleyways, tenements, and sweatshops to a wide audience.

In this exhibit made possible by NEH On the Road, life-sized photographs, artifacts, and personal documentation show how Riis, through his writing, photography, lantern slide presentations, and friendship with President Theodore Roosevelt, helped bring about changes in housing, public parks and spaces, and legislation that improved conditions for many.