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Ellis Island Virtual Tour with Tour Guide Michael Morgenthal

Sunday, January 30, 2022 28 Shevat 5782

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Join NYC Tour Guide Michael Morgenthal, whose great grandparents immigrated through Ellis Island from the Ukraine in 1905, on a virtual experience that will help shed new light on the Ellis Island experience.

Highlights include:

• What immigration was like prior to the opening of Ellis Island, when states had most of the control over the immigration process

• Why the Federal Government decided to open immigration stations like Ellis Island (it was not the only one), and what this change meant to the immigrants

• From sailing across the ocean, to docking in Manhattan, to being ferried to Ellis Island for processing, to medical, legal and financial examination, we will walk in the footsteps of the immigrants as they took the harrowing, nerve-wracking first steps toward their new lives in America

• What immigration officials were looking for when examining/questioning the immigrants, and what criteria were used to admit or deny entry to these unwashed masses

• What happened to those who were denied entry

• What Ellis Island was like from 1924-1954, when it finally closed as an immigration station

• Why Ellis Island was abandoned in 1954

• How Ellis Island became our National Immigration Museum in 1990

• Why Ellis Island is still relevant today, as the US and many parts of the world continue to debate how to handle the issue of immigration.

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