Statue of Liberty

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ELLIS ISLAND

Ellis Island History Trail

It seems every block in NYC has been influenced by an immigrant. The Ellis Island Database documents the arrival of many of the city’s notable citizens. Explore locations throughout the city’s five boroughs that mark their impact.

From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island welcomed more than 12 million immigrants. Thousands made their way to Manhattan’s Lower East Side to begin life in America, changing the face and future of NYC.

On Wednesday, June 15, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and Tenement Museum, and National Park Service cohosted a panel discussion exploring the reasons why immigrants left their homeland, their experiences upon arriving at Ellis Island, and how they established a life in the NYC enclave known as the Lower East Side.

Panelists included Stephen Lean, Director of the American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island; Kathryn Lloyd, Senior Director of Programs and Interpretation at the Tenement Museum; and a Matt Housch of the National Park Service Ranger.

The program also included a sneak peak of Unforgotten Ellis Island, a film by Aaron Asis with Green Ghost Studios.

Stay tuned for event highlights!