Seeing Ellis Island was an incredible experience. As an immigrant myself - albeit to Canada and as a baby - It gave me goosebumps walking through the museum and hearing the stories. Later I asked my daughter Rachel what her favorite part of our visit to New York was, and she said "Ellis Island". Interesting eh?
Admission is free, part of a two stop ferry trip to the Statue of Liberty and well worth taking. From watching and listening to video/audio testimonials of Ellis Island immigrants, to viewing their bunk areas, to where and how the medical exams took place, and seeing the great hall once crowded with men women and children, to perusing the ships' mandates with list upon list of immigrants desiring nothing better than to start a new life in 'America'.... a not to be forgotten - emotional journey... back into history.
Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island became the nation's first federal immigration station. In operation until 1954, the station processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers. The main building was restored after 30 years of abandonment and opened as a museum on September 10, 1990.
Today, over 40% of America's population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island.
The first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island was Annie Moore, a 15-year-old girl from County Cork, Ireland, on January 1, 1892. Along with her two brothers, she was coming to America to meet her parents, who had moved to New York two years prior. She received a greeting from officials and a $10.00 gold piece.
The last person to pass through Ellis Island was a Norwegian merchant seaman by the name of Arne Peterssen in 1954.
Famous Ellis Island immigrants include: Charles Atlas (Italian Bodybuilder), Irving Berlin (Russian Composer), Frank Capra (Italian Director), Albert Einstein (German Physicist), Al Jolson (Lithuanian Actor), Bela Lugosi (Hungarian Actor), Knute Rockne (Norwegian Athlete), Rudolph Valentino (Italian Actor).
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