We honor the immigrant experience and the pursuit of freedom through preservation efforts, educational initiatives, and community programs. As caretakers of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, we work to create bridges to history and to foster an appreciation for the rich tapestry of our national identity.
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Fun & Engaging Tools
Through its mission, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is committed to fostering knowledge and interest in the history of these two great American monuments. While nothing can replace an in-person visit, SOLEIF’s library of remote learning experiences offers a taste.
Faces in the Crowd
The immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island made a profound impact on business, art, science, and culture. As did many celebrities of the day visiting from afar. Explore the stories of Ellis’ notable passengers and see how young dreamers went on to be counted among our most celebrated citizens.
Trace Your Story
Want to take a tour through your family history? Start the process of determining your heritage by playing detective at home. Our guides and references can put you on a voyage of discovery, and offer strategies and tips for tracing your family’s roots.
The Wall of Honor
Celebrate your family’s place in the immigration story by inscribing a name on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor. A stunning installation, the Wall commemorates the journey of every traveler who followed a dream.
It celebrates who we are and where we came from, and represents a vast collection of experiences. A monument by and of the people, the Wall is open to the descendants of all American immigrants as well as contemporary arrivals. You can see it in person when you visit Ellis Island, or explore its panels on our website.