The Other Side

Infection Prevention: Historical and Contemporary Issues in Public Health

Posted on August 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm


Researched & Written by: Kerrie Bellisario, Chief Strategist Courtemanche & Associates In the United States, we continue to drive our efforts in managing the spread of infectious disease.  Infection prevention and control in the hospital setting is a focus in keeping patients safe. But what about managing the influx of disease from beyond our borders? This question has prompted public debate on contemporary immigration practices. The United States Public Health Service was formed in 1798, concerned primarily with the health of merchant seamen, eventually centrally organized under what we know as the Surgeon General.  As immigration ballooned at the turn of the century, the Public Health Service began a mandatory health screening program at every port of entry. From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was the Nation’s busiest entry point. By 1924, more than 12 million immigrants had arrived at Ellis Island, each undergoing a health inspection before being allowed admittance into the country. Ellis Island had the nation’s largest …


Save Ellis Island Photography Sessions

Posted on March 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Join professional photographer Rachel Greene for a photo session at the unrestored Hospital Complex on Ellis Island’s south side. Small group photo sessions offer you the opportunity to photograph spaces not seen on our regularly scheduled Hard Hat Tours. Reserve your ticket today Saturday, April 15, 2016 – 2p.m. to 4p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 2p.m. to 4p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 2p.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to purchase your ticket and reserve your timeslot Reserved Tickets are $150* Bring your equipment – tri-pods, camera gear and a comfortable pair of shoes for a 2-hour photo session at one of our nation’s most iconic historic sites. All proceeds go to the restoration and preservation of the Ellis Island Hospital Complex. * Ferry Ticket to Ellis Island is not included and can be purchased at Tickets are non refundable. Photography sessions are not cancelled due to inclement weather. Everyone must wear a hardhat provided by Save Ellis …


On The Other Side with Save Ellis Island

Posted on October 16, 2015 at 12:42 pm

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Over the past year, Save Ellis Island has taken thousands of visitors to the south side of Ellis Island – the portion of the island closed to the general public.  On these daily 90-minute guided tours, the public is immersed in the history and stories of the hospital and the 1.2 million immigrants who were treated there. This experience will now be enhanced by a Virtual 3-D Tour where you will see spaces in the hospital not yet part of Save Ellis Island’s Hard Hat Tour.  The new Virtual Tour, produced by the Historic American Buildings Survey, part of the National Park Service Heritage Documentation Program, is the ultimate way to expand upon the experience of your visit to the Ellis Island Hospital. For those who have not yet taken the Hard Hat Tour, we know you will want to see these spaces in “reality.” This “reality”, Save Ellis Island’s Hard Hat Tour, is enhanced by Unframed: Ellis Island an …


Tour JR’s exhibit Unframed-Ellis Island

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Saturday October 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm Tour JR’s exhibit Unframed-Ellis Island in its unprecedented entirety! In celebration of the one-year anniversary of our guided Hard Hat Tours through the Ellis Island Hospital Complex, we are kicking off the new series Art In History with a very special guided tour of the JR installation Unframed-Ellis Island. You will see all 24 images – including those not on our current Hard Hat Tour. Marc Azoulay, curator of the exhibit and JR’s New York Studio Director, will be our Guest Guide for the tour. Marc will discuss the intentions behind each installation as well as the techniques that were used. This guided tour also coincides with the debut of “Ellis” – a short film about Ellis Island directed by JR and narrated by Robert De Niro. It will premiere at The New Yorker Festival on October 4. The Reserved Ticket price of $150 includes a round-trip ferry ticket, two-hour tour (includes the infectious disease …



Posted on August 21, 2015 at 4:32 pm


At the height of immigration between 1902 and 1924, the public was permitted to visit Ellis Island as observers of the “immigrant experience.”   The article below written by Ernest Hamlin Abbott, published in the Outlook MAGAZINE. 1902 – Ernest Hamlin Abbott In October 1902 Ernest Hamlin Abbott published an article in Outlook, describing his impressions after taking a ferryboat to Ellis Island to see how immigrants were processed at the station. His observation included: At a distance apparently rising from the surface of the water in the middle of the harbor, were some grayish looking buildings. As they came nearer into view they became reddish. It was plain they were of brick with some grey stone trimmings. They were very ugly. The treeless strip of land upon which, as it could now be seen, they rested was Ellis Island, the New York station of the United States Immigration Service under the Treasury Department. Towering high above these buildings, but on …


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