The Other Side

An Ellis Island Christmas

Posted on November 26, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Saturday, December 9, 2017 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Ellis Island – Parents, children and anyone in the holiday spirit are welcome to attend a book reading and book signing by author Maxinne Rhea Leighton of her beloved children’s book An Ellis Island Christmas (Viking Penguin), a book for children about immigration, recipient of the Marion Vannett Ridgeway Award. This free event will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Eastern National Ellis Island bookstore located at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, 1st floor. Save Ellis Island, the sponsor of this event, is the non-profit partner of the National Park Service tasked with raising the funds needed to preserve and restore the immigrant hospital complex on Ellis Island’s south side. The preservation of this complex is vital to telling the unknown story of a time when America extended its care and compassion to immigrants traveling to our shore. An Ellis Island Christmas is reflective …


Exploring Abandoned Ellis Island

Posted on November 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Written by Scout for From a distance, many of the buildings appear to be in pretty decent shape, especially considering they’ve essentially been left to decay since the island officially closed in 1954. For example, this was an old laboratory building… …and features one of the more beautiful entrances on the island, still impressive despite so many years of decay: Back then, a typical lab interior would have looked something like this: But looks are deceiving. If you examine the facades more closely… …you’ll see that the damage is actually quite severe, with portions of buildings literally being strapped together to keep from crumbling. Subjected to an endless beating from the elements, windows are missing, bricks are cracking, and overgrowth is taking over. Meanwhile, recent work to rehabilitate the seawall has literally caused the foundation of the island to shift, putting additional undue stress on the buildings. Monitors like the one below measure the ongoing damage – and it is …


Faces Places

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 9:52 pm

A Work of Art About Art The legendary French filmmaker collaborated with the photographer JR to create a wonderful documentary about communities, memory, and her own history. “It’s like a game,” Varda says early on in the documentary, as she helps JR take pictures of French villagers, whose individual portraits are glued in a row to create the illusion of them all holding one long baguette. “JR is fulfilling my greatest desire,” Varda explains. “To meet new faces, and photograph them, so they don’t fall down the holes in my memory.” Faces Places (its original title is the even more whimsical-sounding Visages Villages) is a magnificent work that reckons with art as a global force, a local curiosity, and an individual act of expression. It also sees Varda coming to terms with her own mortality while confronting the deaths, and evolutions, of many French ways of life. Faces Places is a one-in-a-million crowd-pleaser that deserves to be seen by the widest …


Unframed—Ellis Island

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm

French street artist JR awakens history with his ‘Unframed – Ellis Island’ Exhibition. The tour and exhibition provide an immersive visual and sensory experience loaded with historical significance. It is not to be missed! – Rachael Silverstein, The Culture Trip The Unframed—Ellis Island project aims to bring alive the memory of Ellis Island, the entry point to America for millions of immigrants. Coming from all over the world, leaving their belongings, their family and their past behind them, with the fear that they may be sent back to it, the presence of these people who have shaped the modern American identity can still be felt in the buildings, although abandoned for the past 70 years. This is the opportunity to interpret the stories of these people through art. JR’s exhibit lives in the abandoned Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, on the south side of the island. Archival photographs of the hospital’s patients and staff were artistically wheat-pasted around the abandoned hospital complex of …


Meet Carole Limata – Author, Ellis Angels

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 5:12 pm

Meet Carole Limata, Author of Ellis Angels and Tour the Un-restored Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital June 24, 2017 on Ellis Island at 1:30 p.m. Carole Lee Limata, RN, MSN will host a reading and book signing of Ellis Angels, followed by a tour of the un-restored immigrant hospital, the setting used for the book! Ellis Angels is the heartwarming fiction story about the compassionate nurses of Ellis Island, the ladies-in-white, and the loving care they gave their immigrant patients at Ellis Island Hospital in the 1920s. The newly-arrived immigrants are facing enormous physical and emotional challenges after their long sea journey. If unable to pass medical inspection, they were admitted to Ellis Island Hospital for treatment and further evaluation. During her orientation, Miss Angie, a nurse recruit, learns the routines of both the Registry and the Hospital. As she begins working with the medical and nursing staff, the nurses and doctors of Ellis Island Hospital discover ways to help their …


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