Ellis Island opened in 1892 as a federal immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years (it closed in 1954). Millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the station during that time–in fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.
Our 6th graders experienced a simulation of what it would feel like to be an immigrant. Here are some pictures and videos documenting their simulated journey and the officers working as inspectors. Thank you to everyone who helped allow for this valuable learning experience for our kids.
Click the links below to see some video from the day.