Statue of Libery and Ellis Island Hold First Public Night Tours

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News Release Date: September 10, 2009

Contact: Darren Boch, 212-668-2251

                                24 AND 25

Special Evening Programs Including Sneak Preview of Ken Burns’s “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” Kick-off Nationwide Celebration of the National Parks

New  York,  NY  (September 9, 2009) – To kick-off the National Park Service
and  the  National  Park  Foundation’s celebration of the national parks on
September 26 -- National Public Lands Day -- the Statue of Liberty National
Monument and Ellis Island will for the first time, open to the public for a
special  evening  tour and program event on September 24 and 25, 2009.   As
part  of  the festivities, attendees will experience a sneak preview of Ken
Burns’s  new documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea premiering
on PBS the following evening.

“This  is  a  tremendous  opportunity for people to experience these iconic
monuments  in  a  new setting,” said Dave Luchsinger, Superintendent of the
Statue  of  Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. “We hope that these
two  special  events  will  help to illustrate how unique our National Park
system is.”

Ellis Island will be open on Thursday, September 24 and Liberty Island open
on  Friday,  September  25.  Both nights boarding will take place at Statue
Cruises’  boarding  locations  in  Liberty  State  Park  in Jersey City and
Battery Park in Manhattan at 6:00 PM. Vessels will return at 9:00 PM.

Tickets  are  $29  per  individual  and include a voucher for a meal on the
island.  Meals  will  be  distributed  at  each islands’ dining facilities.
Vegetarian  options  will  be  available.   Tickets  can  be  purchased  at    or   by   calling   877-LADY   TIX

The  Great Hall on Ellis Island will be open for visitors who would like to
explore  the  exhibits.  On  Liberty Island the Pedestal, Museum and Statue
will not be open, but rangers will be stationed around the island providing
interpretation and answering questions.

The  special  evening  events  on Ellis and Liberty Islands will kick-off a
nationwide  day  of  service  and  celebration  on September 26th, National
Public  Lands  Day.   Together,  the National Park Service and the National
Park  Foundation  are  inviting  the public across the country to help make
America’s  Best  Idea  –  the national parks – even better.   Together, the
national  parks  will welcome visitors and volunteers for this special day,
and  as  thanks,  present  as  sneak  preview  of Ken Burns’s new film, The
National  Parks:  America’s  Best  Idea.   A  full listing of park events –
updated daily – is online at:

Statue Cruises is the concessioner authorized by the National Park Service,
Department  of  the  Interior, to serve the public at the Statue of Liberty
National  Monument  and Ellis Island. Over 3.5 million annual visitors from
around  the world visit these two icons of freedom and hope. In addition to
providing  daily  ferry service, Statue Cruises also operates special event
cruises,  private  charters  and  the  narrated  Liberty  Harbor Cruise – a
75-minute  tour  of  the  New  York  Harbor.  For  more  information visit:

The  National  Park  Foundation  is  an independent charitable organization
chartered  by  Congress  in  1967  to strengthen the connection between the
American  people  and  their  national  parks.  As  the  official  national
non-profit  partner  of  America’s  National  Parks,  the Foundation raises
private  funds, makes strategic grants, creates innovative partnerships and
increases  public  awareness  about  the  need  and  opportunity  for  park
philanthropy.  In  its  2008  fiscal  year,  the  National  Park Foundation
distributed  grants  and  program  support  of $27.3M. To learn more, visit

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