Save Our History student videos
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Save Our History: Immigrant Reflections from Ellis Island to Staten Island
In the spring of 2008, juniors at the College of Staten Island High School for International Studies (CSIHSIS) conducted oral history interviews with current immigrants to answer that question.
The immigrants interviewed in 2008 for this project came from all over the globe—Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe—yet their dreams are very similar to those who were processed at Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954.
The National Parks of New York Harbor Education Center created the year-long project, bringing together several partners: CSIHSIS, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, Save Ellis Island and the College of Staten Island. The project was funded by a grant from the History Channel as part of their Save Our History program, which preserves endangered local history through school projects. These video files (.MP4) can be played in most media players.
Did You Know?
Martin Van Buren was the first bilingual president. He was raised in a community where Dutch was more common than English reflecting New York’s beginning as a colony of Holland. As a boy he spoke Dutch at home with his parents, siblings, and throughout the Village of Kinderhook.