The Other Side

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 …


Photography Workshops

Posted on October 1, 2016 at 12:34 pm


On September 22nd Save Ellis Island hosted Joe McNally, world renowned photographer for a one day Nikon Destination Workshop. Participants brought their own camera equipment and were given access to Nikon equipment – who wouldn’t want to try out all the latest Nikon DSLRs, lenses and Speed lights.  The Nikon staff was on hand to assist with a selection of their equipment for use that day in photographing Ellis Island’s Hospital Complex. The day started early with a ferry ride from Battery Park in New York City to Ellis Island.  Mr. McNally provided an overview of the program and the Save Ellis Island staff presented additional historical data about the island and the surrounding buildings. Two groups were then led by Save Ellis Island guides to various parts of the Hospital Complex including the laundry facility, morgue and autopsy room, ferry terminal and other areas.  With Mr. McNally’s guidance, students were able to create their own one of a kind …


Jamie Lee Curtis at Ellis Island

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 2:28 pm

Jamie Lee Curtis is a celebrated actress and best-selling children’s book author.  She chose to launch her new book, This is Me: The Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From with the help of Save Ellis Island. “I can’t think of a more appropriate place than Ellis Island  to host a reading for children about emigration, immigration, and the idea of leaving the old behind for the promise of the new” said Janis Calella, president of Save Ellis Island.  In This Is Me a teacher tells her class about her great-grandmother’s journey from home to a new country, with nothing but a small suitcase to bring along.  And she asks: What would you pack? What are the things you love best? What says “This is me!”? The kickoff event, organized by Save Ellis Island, was held on Ellis Island Monday, September 19 and was attended by 82 fourth grade students from the Tinc Road School in Flanders, New …


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