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Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Mahalo travel expert Asha K. shares a few tips to help travelers plan their next trip to the iconic and historic tourist destination that is the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York City. Ellis Island --------------------------------------------------------------------- The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is located at 17 Battery Place, New York City and has been open to the public since 1990. Part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island's museum is located in the former immigration station complex and attracts vistors from around the globe annually.? The museum features films, archives, recordings and photos of the 12 million immigrants who entered the United States through the mouth of the Hudson River in New York Harbor. Nearly 100 million Americans today can?trace their immigrant roots to Ellis Island. All it takes is a $12 ferry ride for adults ($5 for kids) on the Ellis Island-Liberty Island ferry to get to the museum. If you'd prefer just to sight-see without paying a dime, you can always take a free ride on the Staten Island ferry to view Ellis Island from the Hudson. Wall of Honor --------------------------------------------------------------------- A special feature of the Ellis Island museum, the?Wall of Honor?overlooks the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline and is the longest wall of names in the world. This unique display pays tribute to America's rich cultural heritage, celebrating American immigration from its earliest beginnings right up to the present day, and contains more than 700,000 names inscribed for posterity by family members and friends.c? Immigration History Center --------------------------------------------------------------------- This is an exciting interactive area at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. You can access the passenger records of the ships that landed some 22 million immigrants, crew members, and other passengers at the Port of New York and Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924.?To prepare for your search, gather as much information as you can, such as: the passenger's first and last names; approximate year of arrival; "ethnicity" (which may include race, nationality and religion); approximate age on arrival; ship of travel; port of departure; and whether the passenger traveled with other family members. Experienced volunteers can provide guidance so visitors can view manifests and ship images from their ancestor's journey.c Tours --------------------------------------------------------------------- The 45-minute?audio tour, available in nine languages, invites visitors to relive the immigrant experience as if they were the "new arrival" and is ideal for individuals with limited time. Cost is $8 for adults and $7.25 for seniors and children under 12.cAdditional tour options describe exhibits in more detail via in-depth interviews with historians, architects and archaeologists.?A special children's tour is narrated by "Marty the Muskrat" and is offered in five languages.c? History --------------------------------------------------------------------- Before being designated as the site of the first Federal immigration station by President Benjamin Harrison in 1890, Ellis Island had a varied history. The local Indian tribes had called it "Kioshk" or Gull Island. Due to its rich and abundant oyster beds and plentiful and profitable shad runs, it was known as Oyster Island for many generations during the Dutch and English colonial periods.?By the time Samuel Ellis became the island's private owner in the 1770's, the island had been called Kioshk, Oyster, Dyre, Bucking and Anderson's Island. In this way, Ellis Island developed from a sandy island that barely rose above the high tide mark, into a hanging site for pirates, a harbor fort, ammunition and ordinance depot named Fort Gibson, and finally into an immigration station.?Prior to 1890, individual states regulated immigration into the United States. Castle Garden in the Battery (originally known as Castle Clinton) served as the New York State immigration station from 1855 to 1890 and approximately eight million immigrants, mostly from Northern and Western Europe, passed through its doors.?These early immigrants came from nations such as England, Ireland, Germany and the Scandinavian countries, and constituted the first large wave of immigrants that settled and populated the U.S. Throughout the 1800's and intensifying in the latter half of the 19th century, ensuing political instability, restrictive... Read more by visiting our page at:
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