• 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?

Ellis Island's Distinctive Facade and Towers

Although Ellis Island is federal property and has always been historically considered in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court appointed a "Special Master" to mediate. The ruling in 1998 determined that the original island belongs to New York and the rest of the island, added after 1834, belongs to New Jersey.