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April 01, 2016
Special Exhibit Celebrates John Muir and the National Park Service Centennial
The “Life and Legacy of John Muir” will be the theme for the 15th annual Tartan Day celebration at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Conservationist, author, and environmental activist, John Muir is renowned as the “father of America’s National Parks.” The exhibition runs from 6 April – 5 September 2016 as part of the National Park Centennial.

September 09, 2015
Artifacts Removed After Hurricane Sandy Return Home to Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
The National Park Service announces a major milestone in Ellis Island’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy will be reached on September 10, 2015 when the museum’s exhibit collection is returned to the island from a National Park Service museum storage facility in Maryland. The date marks the 25th anniversary week of the opening of the immigration museum on Ellis Island to the public.

May 29, 2015
Ellis Island to Celebrate National Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
o celebrate National Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, the Statue of Liberty National Monument is presenting three extraordinary performing companies that represent the richness, power, and beauty of the cultures of China, India and Japan. The performances will take place at Ellis Island from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.

May 11, 2015
As Nation Debates Immigration Policy, Youth Artists Illustrate Nation's Rich Immigration History
Groundswell, New York City’s leading organization dedicated to community public art, and the National Park Service, which cares for more than 400 national site of national and international importance, will unveil on Sunday, May 17, a six-part mural panel series celebrating the rich history of immigration to the United States. Entitled “Our American Narrative Continues,” the series was created by teen artists and for public display at Ellis Island, to be seen by thousands of tourists each day.

May 02, 2015
‘Retratos Imigrantes/Immigrant Portraits’ exhibit to open on Ellis Island
Retratos Imigrantes/Immigrant Portraits: A Museum Dialogue Between São Paulo and New York,” is the result of a partnership between the Immigration Museum of the State of São Paulo, Brazil and the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. It commemorates the collective past of the immigrant experience in Brazil and the United States.

September 25, 2014
Unrestored Ellis Island Buildings Opening for the First Time in 60 Years
Shuttered for 60 years, Ellis Island’s South Side Hospital Complex will open to visitors for the first time on Wednesday, Oct. 1, revealing an overlooked story in immigration to the United States. Approximately one immigrant out of ten who arrived at Ellis Island received medical attention at this facility.

May 12, 2014
NPS announces Ellis infrastructure repairs and reopening of upper level exhibition areas
The National Park Service (NPS) announced today that Perini Management Services, Inc. was awarded a $34.9 million task order to repair damaged infrastructure on Ellis Island, part of Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York Harbor. The project is scheduled to begin mid-May.

October 24, 2013
Ellis Island to reopen, one year after Sandy; Repair work continues
Ellis Island Immigration Museum, part of Statue of Liberty National Monument, will reopen to the public on Monday, October 28 for the first time since Hurricane Sandy submerged the island a year ago.

January 11, 2013
Ellis Island Museum Collection Moved to a Stable Environment
Over the past few weeks staff at Ellis Island, with support of the NPS Museum Emergency Response Team, carefully wrapped and boxed museum items to be transported for temporary storage at the NPS Museum Resources Center in Landover, Maryland.

May 16, 2012
Achieving a New Bench-mark: Students donate special project to Ellis Island
On May 19 at 11 a.m., students from Prattsburgh Central School will present the replica bench to the staff at Ellis Island in a special ceremony that will include a musical montage of patriotic songs performed by members of the school’s chorus and band.

May 16, 2012
Superintendent Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Each May since 1986, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) has gathered at Ellis Island to present the Ellis Island Medal of Honor to Americans who "exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives." This year’s honorees, who came from dozens of disciplines and career fields, included a number of recognizable faces, such as singer Frankie Valli, boxer Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-6th District), actress Brook Shields and Statue of Liberty National Monument Superintendent David Luchsinger.

March 14, 2012
Virtual Field Trip will take students to Ellis Island
More than a million students from across the U.S. will travel to Ellis Island in New York Harbor on March 29 to learn the history of immigration on a virtual field trip via a free live webcast on

November 23, 2011
Belgium and Italy Join Ellis Island in Navigating Differences
Interactive installation facilitates transatlantic dialogue on immigration in US and Europe Ellis Island, NY/NJ, November 17, 2011 — Is immigration good for my country? Is immigration good for my community? Is immigration good for me? Starting November 23, visitors to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will have the chance to respond to these simple but provocative questions.

August 26, 2011
National Parks of New York Harbor Hurricane Closure Information
All National Park Sites in Manhattan, as well as all units of Gateway National Recreation Area and Governors Island will be closed to visitors on Saturday, August 27th and will remain closed through Sunday, August 28th. These national parks plan to reopen, conditions permitting, on Monday August 29th after the storms impact has been assessed and it is deemed safe for visitor use. The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will be closed from Saturday, August 27 through Monday, August 29, 2011.

June 19, 2011
Students Make History at Ellis Island
The story of 12 million immigrants who came to the United States through Ellis Island in search of the "American Dream" began with them sitting on a bench in the Great Hall. It was a wait of a lifetime, to begin a new life. If they passed the mental and physical exams they would be able to start a new chapter in their lives in America. That small but significant historical fact was brought back to life May 12, 2011 as high school students from upstate New York presented two replicas of those benches to Ellis Island.

January 11, 2011
National Park Foundation One of Four Charities Competing In Lowe’s
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January 06, 2011
American Express Gives $100,000 Grant to Support Save Ellis Island, Inc.
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January 06, 2011
Small Town Kids Make Benchmarks in Big City
Six high school students closely scrutinized a few simple but sturdy wooden benches that once provided a resting place for immigrants waiting to be interviewed by officials on Ellis Island to see if they would be allowed to enter the United States. Curious visitors stopped to watch the busy teens, some of whom rattled off numbers as others jotted down observations, and a few took photographs of small details on each bench. So, what was the buzz about the benches?

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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