What might today’s immigrants have in common with immigrants who came through Ellis Island years ago?
In the spring of 2008, juniors at the College of Staten Island High School for International Studies (CSIHSIS) considered that question. Students conducted oral history interviews with immigrants who came to Staten Island from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. Students discovered that today's immigrants shared many dreams with earlier immigrants who passed through Ellis Island.
Watch as these immigrants share their personal experiences about their journeys to America and their lives once they arrived. NOTE: These videos are uncompressed MPEG files. For best viewing, we recommend that you right-click the files and download them to your computer first.
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. This project was made possible thanks to a Save Our History™ grant from the History Channel. Save Our History™ grants fund projects where students preserve endangered aspects of local history.
Last updated: February 26, 2015