The Other Side

Meet Richard Pieper,
Director of Preservation at Jan Hird Pokorny

Posted on February 20, 2017 at 7:57 pm

for The Actual Bricks and Mortar Story: Building Ellis Island’s Hospitals Curious about Ellis Island’s un-restored hospital buildings? Put on your work clothes, don a hard hat and join us for an engaging presentation on the architecture and construction of the unrestored historic Ellis Island buildings. You will not want to miss this opportunity for a rare chance to experience this national landmark in a new light as Richard Pieper, Director of Preservation at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, takes you from the restored Ferry Building into a select group of the unrestored buildings on Ellis Island. Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017 Location: Ellis Island New Immigrant Building Time: 11:30 a.m. Ticket Price: $99 To purchase lecture ticket click here The Small Print: Lecture ticket does include transportation to Ellis Island. Ferry schedule is available at Sturdy, close-toed shoes required. Hard hats provided by Save Ellis Island. All participants will be required to sign a waiver. Please meet us at the …


2016 President’s Letter

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 9:39 pm


  Dear Friend, I’m delighted to send this update on our progress to restore the historic buildings on Ellis Island. This has been an exceptional year for us as we continue to bring back to life these extraordinary buildings and the stories they hold of our past.  With the completion of each project, I think of every person who has followed our progress since we began our work many years ago.  It’s because of you and others like you that we are able to continue to restore and reopen All of Ellis Island. Your names may not be engraved on a building or a wall but they are engraved in the very heart and soul of this project. With your help, in 2016 we completed the restoration of the historic Hospital Laundry Building – The oldest building on the south side of Ellis Island was once used to wash and disinfect over 3000 pieces of hospital laundry daily. Participants of our …


An Ellis Island Christmas – Book Reading

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 9:22 pm

Our Literature Series continues with a book reading by Maxinne Rhea Leighton of her beloved children’s book, An Ellis Island Christmas – illustrated by Dennis Nolan. This free event, Hosted by Save Ellis Island, Inc., will take place on Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 12:00 – 2:00 on Ellis Island in the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, 1st floor, Eastern National bookstore. Ms. Leighton will autograph copies of the book available for sale in the bookstore and on line at America sounds like a fairytale to Krysia, a young Polish girl, as she learns that she and her family will soon be joining their father in America. As they prepare for the long journey, packing only necessities and enough food for the voyage, Krysia dreams of the beautiful house with trees and flowers in the yard, plenty of food on the table, and no soldiers in the street. Finally, on Christmas Eve, after a long hard journey, the …


The Other Side – Hard Hat Tours

Posted on October 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm


On October 1, 2014, Save Ellis Island opened the unrestored Ellis Island Hospital to the public for a 90 minute tour.  Since that time, people from all over the word have visited with us on The Other Side of Ellis Island.  Over 2,000 people a month walk through the corridors, wards and utility rooms of the hospital on a journey back in time. Residents from Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC visited to learn about the history of medicine, the hospital on Ellis Island was a teaching hospital.  They found the autopsy theater and the entire tour quite intriguing. “The students really enjoyed their afternoon and I think they learned a lot from their experience. …we had “the best NYC field trip’” … it even exceeded the Riker’s Island experience.” The art exhibit installed by French artist JR is still on view and after two years has taken on an eerie look and feel as it ages over time and becomes …


Outdoor Recreation Shelter

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm

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Every day we meet people who ask how can they help us restore the historic buildings on Ellis Island’s south side.   The answer is easy – donate.  Any gift no matter how small is important and appreciated.  In 2014 we opened The Ellis Island Hospital to the public for the first time in over sixty years. How did we do this?  Again, the answer is easy – we did it with your donations.  You are the reason we are able to take tens of thousands of visitors annually through the historic hospital buildings. In 2016 we restored the historic Hospital Laundry Building, before that we restored the Ferry Building.  While restoring and reopening these buildings, our foundation has completed numerous projects and programs on Ellis Island for the benefit of public education and enjoyment.  We could not do this without your help.  Our current project is the restoration of the Outdoor Recreation Shelter.  The project cost is $1,052,515 – restoration …


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