Join Our Friends
The National Park Service works in cooperation with official partners at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum. These organizations work in tandem to help the National Park Service in its mission.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Foundation
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Foundation Inc. (SOLIEF), founded in 1982, has been an instrumental partner in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Since 2001, the Foundation has administered the American Family Immigration History Center™ (AFIHC) at Ellis Island, making it possible to research manifest records for the Port of New York, through Ellis Island, from 1892 - 1924. Here is more information about the Foundation's efforts, projects, and the Center.
SOLIEF also administers the American Immigrant Wall of Honor, located behind Ellis Island's Main Building. People can honor their family by having a name inscribed on the Wall with a donation to SOLIEF at www.wallofhonor.org.
Save Ellis Island
This organizations's mission is to raise the funds necessary to rehabilitate, restore, and put to beneficial reuse, the currently unused buildings of Ellis Island, located primarily on its south side. Here is more information about the fundraising efforts and upcoming projects of Save Ellis Island.
Did You Know?
Although most immigrants processed at Ellis Island stayed between three and five hours, about 20% stayed overnight in dormitory rooms until their cases could be cleared. Many immigrants found these accommodations a big improvement over the severe conditions of traveling to America in "steerage".