• Immigrants awaiting inspection in front of Ellis Island's Main Building

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

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    Elevator maintenance will occur on October 22&23, 2014. As a result, there will be NO elevator service on the Ellis Island.

The Statue of Liberty in Popular Culture

Statue of Liberty Christmas tree ornament in form of angel
Christmas tree ornament
National Park Service, Statue of Liberty NM
Statue of Liberty trade card

A Statue of Liberty trade card

National park Service, Statue of Liberty NM

The image of the Statue of Liberty is in the public domain and is available for use to all. As a result, its use since the mid-1880s has been extensive. The museum has a large collection of objects, paper documents and textiles that illustrate the popular use of the Statue of Liberty in hundreds of different contexts. The image in advertising is prevalent as the trade card demonstrates, incorporating the Statue as "enlightening" buyers to the best brand of six-cord thread on the market. Numerous whimsical toys, including Cabbage Patch™ dolls, are designed and manufactured by commercial industries for childrens' play and collectors' shelves. Collectors and Statue of Liberty enthusiasts have an apparently endless supply of both mass-produced and hand-made original decorative novelties for their home or holiday.

Cabbage Patch doll c. 1986
Cabbage Patch doll c. 1986
National park Service, Statue of Liberty NM

Did You Know?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Many government agencies have administered the Ellis Island immigration depot. The Bureau of Immigration, later called the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), inspected immigrants. The agency was restructured in 2003 under the new Department of Homeland Security and is now 3 entities : U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Citizenship and Immigration Services.