Want to make creations as awesome as this one?

No description

Transcript

Ellis Island

Arrival

Testimonies

Where is Ellis Island?

PORTRAITS

Movie ellis

New York

MENU

Next

Ellis Island is a historical site that opened in 1892 as an immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years until it closed in 1954. Located at the mouth of Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, Ellis Island saw millions of newly arrived immigrants pass through its doors. In fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.

MENU

Next

Return

The island has a land area of 27.5 acres (11.1 ha), much of which is from land reclamation. The natural island and contiguous areas comprise 4.68 acres (1.89 ha)

MENU

Return

Land reclamation, usually known as reclamation is the process of creating new lands from oceans, seas, riverbeds or lake beds.

MENU

The year is 1906, the date November 16th. Franz and Ulrike Schumacher and their three children have just disembarked from the Hamburg-Amerika line steamship that has carried them across the stormy North Atlantic Ocean from Germany. Like the thousands of other people milling around them, they are totally bewildered, caught up in a mixture of hope and apprehension, as they crowd into a vast waiting room. The room sounds like the Tower of Babel, for few of those in it speak a word of English. They speak German, Polish, Dutch, Hungarian, or Russian maybe, yet they have come, seeking a new life in a new world; and now they are on American soil for the first time. This is America! America!

next

got off

moving around with nothing to do

lost, anxious

looking for

Or at least it is Ellis Island.After interminable hours of waiting, the Schumacher family are finally called to a desk; immigration officials study their papers, and ask them where they intend to go. They don't ask how long they're planning to stay, however, since they know the answer already. All those who pass through Ellis Island -- and that could mean over 11,000 people per day -- are would-be immigrants. They are looking to start a new life in a new world.

MENU

next

Return

For many, passing through Ellis Island was not so much a matter of stepping into a new world, it was stepping into a new life, a new character. And so it was that the man who finally led his family through the door and onto the ferry packed with a jostling crowd of new Americans was not Franz Schumacher any more, but Frank Shoemaker, even if he still didn't understand more than a couple of words of English.

MENU

Return

MENU

Stowaway

Ukrainian

Dutch

Greek pop

Alsatian

Portraits

12 million immigrants, 12 million stories Every immigration experience is unique. Since 1973, the National Park Service has interviewed more than 1,700 Ellis Island immigrants so that they could tell their own stories. Why did you come here? What was it like after you arrived?

MENU

Morris Remembers the steamship

William remembers the storm

Elda remembers the eye exam

Emma et William remember packing

Catherine remembers the Gaslights

Catherine remember her first day in America

Gertrude remembers going to Chicago

Catherine remembers the hair exam

Immigrant Expectations

Traveling to America

Experience at Ellis Island

MENU