Wednesday, June 17

Ellis Island

PASSAGES Immigrants at Ellis Island awaiting a ferry to the city.
Wikipedia - "... In the 35 years before Ellis Island opened, over eight million immigrants arriving in New York City had been processed by New York State officials at Castle Garden Immigration Depot in Lower Manhattan, just across the bay. ... Artesian wells were dug, and landfill was hauled in from incoming ships' ballast and from construction of New York City's subway tunnels, which doubled the size of Ellis Island to over six acres. While the building was under construction, the Barge Office nearby at the Battery was used for immigrant processing. The first federal immigrant inspection station was an enormous three-story-tall structure, with outbuildings, built of Georgia pine, containing all of the amenities that were thought to be necessary. It opened with celebration on January 1, 1892. ..."
Wikipedia (Video)
NPS: Ellis Island - History & Culture
History (Video)
Scholastic: Ellis Island Interactive Tour With Facts, Pictures, Video (Video)
NPR: For New Immigrants To The U.S., Ellis Island Still Means A Lot (Video)
Scholastic: Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island

2011 August: Monk Meredith - "Ellis Island" (1981)