• 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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The "Peopling of America" exhibit

Immigrants Standing in the Railroad Ticketing Office
Ellis Island Railroad Ticketing Office 1902-1913
New York Public Library - Public Domain
Peopling of America exhibits

Exhibit panels in the new Peopling of America exhibit

nps photo - v. scott

Phase 1 of the updated "Journeys: The Peopling of America" exhibit opened in late October 2011. This exhibit, occupying the former "Railroad Ticketing Office" on the first floor of Ellis Island's Main Building, explores immigration to this land from the 17th century to 1892, when Ellis Island opened as America's first federal immigration station. Themes such as "Leaving", "Struggle and Survival", and "Building A Nation" are touched upon in graphic panels and through first-person stories.

The second phase of this expanded exhibit, scheduled to open in 2013, will discuss immigration after Ellis' closure in 1954, and bring this story up to the present day.

Did You Know?

Guastavino ceiling Ellis

The Guastavino Ceiling in the Great Hall: Rafael Guastavino Moreno (1842 –1908) was a Spanish architect and builder. He created a "Tile Arch System" patented in the United States in 1885 used for constructing robust, self-supporting arches and architectural vaults using interlocking terracotta tiles and layers of mortar, it is found in some of the most prominent Beaux-Arts landmarks across the United States