The Ellis Island Immigration Station opens. The first immigrant to pass through was a “rosy-cheeked Irish girl,” Annie Moore, age from County Cork; she came with her two younger brothers to join their parents in New York City.
Island of Hope - Island of Tears. Ellis Island was the port of entry for millions of European immigrants. Fascinating archival footage tells the moving story of families with dreams of opportunity, leaving their homes with what they could carry
View of Ellis Island, N., looking across water toward immigration station. It was made in &*View of Ellis Island, N., looking across water toward immigration station. It was made in (The year my grandparents came to Ellis Island from Poland)
The last boat accepted at Ellis Island, Photo by Ernst Haas "DP, meaning Displaced Person. I came to America as a DP in Christmas but we disembarked at the Passenger Terminal on the West Side, Ellis was no longer being used.
During the famine those who could scrape together money for passage left for America in search of a better life. Some Americans resented the Irish immigrants because they were Roman Catholics and because they were willing to work for very low wages.
Amateur photographer Augustus Sherman was the Ellis Island Chief Registry Clerk for a number of years in the early and he used his special access to shoot portraits of many of the immigrants who passed through the station.