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Between 1892 and 1954, Ellis Island served as the gateway to America for twelve million new immigrants.

Today, over forty percent of all Americans can trace at least one ancestor to Ellis Island, and it is one of the country’s most popular destinations, with nearly two million visitors each year.

Ellis Island  - after Hurricane Sandy

Our Mission

In 1954 a portion of Ellis Island, 30 buildings, was closed and left with an uncertain future. Since 2000, Save Ellis Island has been working in partnership with the National Park Service to continue the important work of preserving Ellis Island, it’s many memories, and its rich history. Ellis Island is a vessel for the stories of our past; a voice for the men, women, and children who immigrated to the United States from 1892 to 1954; a symbol of immigration for all people today hoping to find peace, freedom, and a better life.

South end of the island - Ellis Island

By becoming a member, you are making a commitment to Save Ellis Island and our mission to continue our work to preserve one of America’s most cherished, historical treasures.

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Our members make it possible for Save Ellis Island to continue the progress toward its mission to raise the funds necessary to rehabilitate, restore and put to beneficial reuse the currently deteriorated and unused buildings of Ellis Island.
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Renew your commitment to help us reopen ALL of Ellis Island to the public.
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If you would prefer to donate by mail, use our Member Enrollment Form
or call our Member Enrollment Services at 973 347 8400.


From 1892 to 1954, over 12 million immigrants entered USA through the portal of Ellis Island in New York Harbor

We are part of America's story

Ellis Island tells the story of the journey of millions of men, women and children from around the world who sought a new future on these shores.

Walking around these buildings we're not just talking about history-visitors are able to touch, feel, and understand in a way that connects them to the past. As we rebuild parts of Ellis Island, we are rebuilding its legacy and revitalizing living landmarks to a world gone by. Save Ellis Island is working to create a destination that echoes the beacon of hope that it once was for nearly twelve million immigrants and continues to be for the nearly two million visitors each year.

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Our Supporters

The Save Ellis Island website is made possible by a generous donation from Heidi Liebi Root in memory of her father Fred Liebi