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

    Ellis Island

    Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument NJ,NY

Park Planning

Artist's rendering

This artist's rendering shows the first phase (immigration before Ellis Island) of the Peopling of America exhibit.

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The Peopling of America exhibit

This exciting new undertaking will enlarge the story currently told of the Ellis Island Era (1892-1954) to include the entire panorama of the American immigration experience. It will include exhibits dedicated to those who arrived before Ellis Island opened and those who arrived between 1954 and the present.

The goal for this exhibit is to enable all visitors, regardless of when or how their families arrived in the United States, to find "their stories" and to make a personal connection to this special unit of the National Park Service.

Did You Know?

passenger manifest

Since the passage of the "Steerage Act of 1819", passenger manifests have been required for all arriving vessels to be delivered to the U.S. Government and reported to Congress. This document, used for inspection at Ellis Island, has become an important starting point in researching family history.