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Ellis Island Immigration Museum

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Since it opened in 1892, Ellis Island has seen 12 million immigrants gain U.S. citizenship. Since its re-opening in 1990, Ellis island has welcomed an average of 1 million tourists each year. They come to learn what it was like for their grandparents, great uncles or total strangers to enter America, and the journey they made to get there. The largest wall of names in the world and a massive public database books allow visitors to search for proof of their relatives’ presence at the island, and for many it is an emotional revelation. There is also a half-hour interactive play aimed at 5-12 year olds that relates the experience using live actors, for when the wall plaques fail to inspire.

Written by  Alex Allen.

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“Ellis Island”

By Karen Osate for The New York Times First Published 17 August 2008 On Ellis Island, the entry point for millions of immigrants between 1892 and 1924, pick up the brilliantly done audio tour ($6 tacked on to the $12 ferry-and-entry fee), filled with… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The New York Times, 17 August, 2008

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