• 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?

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.