From the late
19th to early 20th centuries, millions
of immigrants entered America through
New York Harbor and Ellis Island --
and each of them fell in love with
the first woman they saw. Lady Liberty
still stands as a beacon of hope and
icon of freedom, and has again opened
her arms to the public following the
tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Now, you can once again visit the
observation deck above the harbor,
and reflect on what came of the fortunate
souls who embarked on a new life there
-- as well as the 2% who were turned
away. Inside, take a guided tour through
the graceful iron and copper frame.
A new video and lighting system will
help you along the way.
hundred yards from the Statue you'll
walk through the doors of The Federal
facility at Ellis Island, the official
"birthplace" of 12 million
new citizens between 1892 to 1954.
Forty percent of Americans can trace
their lineage to at least one relative
that passed through these doors.
Can you? To find out, check the
database of the American Family
Immigration History Center for information
on your ancestors.