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Catherine Remembers the Gaslights
Catherine Remembers the Gaslights (Transcript)
Interviewee: Catherine Gaetano Gallippi
Gallippi (Her Mother's Disappointment with America): When we came here into America my mother complained, she says, "My God, I thought America was supposed to be something great. You have gaslights here. We had electric lights in Italy." (she laughs)
Did You Know?
Ellis Island's south side contains 25 buildings that are mostly unrestored. These structures included general hospitals, isolation and psychiatric facilities for immigrants needing treatment or isolation. The U.S. Public Health Service staffed these facilities during the station's operation. More...