Ellis Island National Monument

Ellis Island National Monument

History & Culture in Ellis Island

Destined For Fame

These immigrants passed through Ellis Island and went on to illustrious careers. Name (Date of Birth—Death) Native Country Arrived Field Charles Atlas (1894—1972) Italy 1903 Bodybuilding Irving Berlin (1888—1989) Russia 1893 Music Frank Capra (1897—1991) Italy 1903 Film Claudette Colbert (1903—1996) France 1906 Film/Theater Xavier Cugat (1900—1990) Spain/Cuba 1915 Music Max Factor (1872—1936) Russia 1906 Cosmetics Father ...

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They Came From Many Lands

Below is a breakdown by country of the number of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island from January 1892 to June 1897, and from 1901 to 1931. Exceptions to those years have been noted in parentheses.  Italy 2,502,310 Russia 1,893,542 Hungary (1905 – 1931) 859,557 Austria (1905 – 1931) 768,132 Austria-Hungary   (1892 – ...

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History of Ellis Island

THE EARLY YEARS Located in the upper New York Bay, a short distance from the New Jersey shore, Ellis Island was originally known to American Indians as Kioshk, or Gull Island, named for the birds that were its only inhabitants. Consisting of nothing more than three acres of soft mud ...

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Chronology

April 11, 1890 Designated an immigration station. Jan. 1, 1892 Opened as an immigration station. June 14, 1897 Buildings destroyed by fire, but all persons safely evacuated. Dec. 17, 1900 Reopened as an immigration station on a larger scale. 1917 — 1919 Served as a detention center for enemy aliens, a way station ...

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Your Ancestors

Was one of your ancestors an immigrant whose first step on American soil was at Ellis Island? Could your great-great-grandfather or grandmother have walked through these buildings in search of a new and better life? Or, have both sides of your family been in the United States for hundreds ...

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The Immigrant Journey

In his book, A Nation of Immigrants, John F. Kennedy writes, “There were probably as many reasons for coming to America as there were people who came. It was a highly individual decision.” Historians agree that three social forces were the chief motivators for the mass migration to America: ...

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