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?
When Ellis Island was opened in 1892, the facility bore little resemblance to the Renaissance Revival/Beaux Arts structure that people have come to know today. Made out of Georgia pine, the complex caught fire on June 15, 1897 and burned to the ground in about 6 hours. The current building was opened on December 17, 1900.