From 1892-1954, Ellis Island was the port of entry for millions of European immigrants.
Ellis Island is situated in New York Harbor and was the gateway through which more than 12 million immigrants passed in the years between 1892 and 1954. The peak year on Ellis Island was 1907, when 1.5 million people were admitted.
At Ellis Island the immigrants had to undergo medical and legal examinations. Some of them were even given new names, e.g. Petrovich and Ptakershek became Peterson or Packer. About 2 percent did not pass the inspections and were returned to their country of origin. This meant that over 250,000 people had their hopes and dreams ruined.
Ellis Island was turned into a museum in 1990.
Tasks and Activities
Interactive Tour of Ellis Island
Listen to a Park Ranger on Ellis Island
Listen to this interview with Douglas, who works as a Park Ranger on Ellis Island. Ellis Island Belongs to Everybody.
The American Dream
Fascinating archival footage tells the moving story of families with dreams of new opportunities, leaving their homes with what they could carry. Watch at least five minutes of the video and write down your impressions.
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