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2011-2012 Exhibition Schedule
STATUE OF LIBERTY NATIONAL MONUMENT AND ELLIS ISLAND
ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRATION MUSEUM
Third Floor - Changing Exhibition Gallery
"Alcatraz: Life on the Rock"
October 1, 2011 - January 16, 2012
"Alcatraz" tells the story of Alcatraz Island from the Civil War era fort to the National Park it is today through exhibit panels, immersive environments, artifacts, and audiovisual programs. The thematic approach begins with the celebrity of Alcatraz, and poses the question: How do you know Alcatraz? The areas are organized around the answers to this question, highlighting each of the different eras on the island: Military History, Prison Life, the Native American Occupation, and Preservation of the island.
"Alcatraz" is organized by Golden Gate National Recreation Area (National Park Service) and Alcatraz Cruises
Merika: Emigration from Central Europe to America 1880-1914
June 28 - September 3, 2012
"Merika" chronicles the immigration of more than 3 million people from Austria-Hungary to the United States at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Most of these immigrants passed through Ellis Island. The exhibit examines the background of this great exodus and the new lives of the immigrants in America, focusing on the stories of a few individuals.
"Merika" is organized by the City Museum of Rijeka, Croatia.
The Stilled Passage: A Photographic Journey through Ellis Island's Un-Restored Buildings
October 2012 - early January 2013
"The Stilled Passage" introduces the visitor to the beauty and mystery inside the unrestored buildings on the south side of Ellis Island through the photographs of Philip Calabria. The exhibit will consist of large color photographic prints, which engage the visitor in the metaphor, drama and emotional richness of these spaces and allow them to leave with a greater understanding & appreciation for Ellis Island.
"The Stilled Passage" is organized by Philip Calabria, Chair, Visual Arts Program, Northfield Mount Hermon School; the Mount Hermon School; and Save Ellis Island, Inc.
Third Floor - Bob Hope Memorial Library Entry
125 Years of Liberty: Honor History - Envision the Future
Opened October 7, 2011
"125 Years of Liberty" features the winning logo and poster , as well as poster entries, designed by New Jersey City University (NJCU) students and alumni for competitions held to select designs for commemorative materials for the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Both competitions were the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island and the University and both were based on the theme, "Honor History - Envision the Future."
"125 Years of Liberty" is organized by New Jersey City University, Jersey City, New Jersey.
So I Come to America: Detroit Pre-World War I Immigrants
June 28 - September 3, 2012
"So I Come to America" provides a personal view of immigration from Europe to Detroit between 1890 and 1914. In the early 1980s, Siena Heights University Library Director and Professor, Robert Gordon, photographed and interviewed Detroit-area pre-World War I immigrants. The exhibit contains black and white portraits of these immigrants and quotes from their interviews detailing their experiences as they left their homes and made new lives in Detroit.
"So I Come to America" is organized by Robert Gordon, Ed.D., Library Director and Professor of Education, Siena Heights University, Michigan.
First Floor -
An Enduring Commitment: 100 Years of Caring for the Community
June 1 - September 3, 2012
"An Enduring Commitment" explores changes over the last century in the immigrant populations throughout New Jersey and the effects this has had on public health and healthcare. The exhibit commemorates the centennial of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey (VNA) in 2012. The VNA was formed in 1912 in response to the need to care for immigrants and vulnerable populations. For almost 100 years, VNA caregivers have been serving residents of communities in need through various health and social services.
"An Enduring Commitment" is organized by the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey.
Did You Know?
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.