Shaping Their Own "American Dream"
From Ellis Island to westward migration, people have come to this country in pursuit of better opportunities for centuries, shaping the American landscape. We prosper on the contributions of the people who have, and continue to, come here to make our country their home, bringing with them their customs, cultures, and traditions.
From many diverse backgrounds, almost all have been united in a pursuit to build something better from themselves or their families, or their own vision of the “American Dream”. But the truth of the American Dream is that this reality is not necessarily fair for all, nor is it without sacrifices, challenges and prejudices. The National Park Service is committed to preserving these stories and honoring those who continue to make this journey to this day.