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From 1892 to 1954...

Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 3 October 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

...over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the New Jersey coast, within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. Through the years, this gateway to the new world was enlarged from its original 3.3 acres to 27.5 acres by landfill supposedly obtained from the ballast of ships, excess earth from the construction of the New York City subway system and elsewhere.

Ellis Island's Main Building was restored after 30 years of abandonment and opened as a museum on September 10, 1990. Millions of American citizens can now trace at least one ancestor through Ellis Island.
-from National Park Service

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SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

A fascinating written account of this beautiful building, Judy. Such significance and heritage is deeply appreciated by this Englishman with a passion for history.

3 Oct 2010 12:23pm

@SOUL AFLAME: We lived so close to this for the first half of our marriage, but it wasn't until this past summer that we got to visit Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty. It was a blessing to have our four grandchildren with us and see them enjoy it also. More images to come.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Nicely done Judy! This is an important piece of Americana! ;-)

3 Oct 2010 12:23pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric; more coming in this series.

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

this is a beautiful interior!:)

3 Oct 2010 2:05pm

@tyan: Thank you, Tyan.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice

3 Oct 2010 2:37pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nice catch of this historic room........ I really need to get out of Florida some.....

3 Oct 2010 4:11pm

@Susan: I hear you ... every once in a while it's good to leave ... and always good to come back! <grin>

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Thanks for this peek into Ellis Island's registry area. Have seen movies depicting this, but the details of the space escape me. Now I have a new frame of reference, plus the info you also included. Your site is often a place to learn the most interesting things... Blessings, my friend.

4 Oct 2010 2:35am

@Viewfinder: Thank you, Glenn ... it was a moving experience to take the audio tour as we walked all through the building, seeing artifacts and photos, some of which I will share photos of. I realize now, that Ellis Island wasn't opened up to visitors until after we had already moved from CT to FL.

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

: ))

4 Oct 2010 3:09am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I looked at it once...but I was not sure those were the Grandchildren....NOW...I know! An important part of American history had its roots in this building and on this island, but I think various people look at these in quite different ways...it depends on their memories....

4 Oct 2010 9:06am

@Japanalia: You are absolutely correct on both scores. Yes, that's Tracey with Kayla, and Quinlin also. ... As for the memories, some had difficult times here, especially those who were ill. The percentage of people sent back to their own countries was much smaller than I perceived, and I am imagine the immigrants at times were not treated as well as they could have been. Those traveling first class were definitely treated better than those in 'steerage'. ;(

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Must have been great visiting this with your grandchildren, something I look forward to doing one day, have only visited there once so far but it was such an experience

4 Oct 2010 11:17am

@JJ: Sharing bits of history with our grandchildren is very rewarding for us and hopefully for them also!

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A beautiful and interesting photo! Thanks for the explanatory text !

4 Oct 2010 11:57am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

great view of the room! excellent exposure

6 Oct 2010 3:57pm