The Other Side

Tour of the Unframed Ellis Island art of JR

Posted on April 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Tour the Unframed Ellis Island art of JR June 10, 2017 on Ellis Island at 1:00 p.m. Join a special guided tour of the JR art installation Unframed Ellis Island. Your ticket also includes a museum quality poster of the window image “Seven Children” chosen by JR specifically for Save Ellis Island! This tour will lead you through the 25 images by framed French artist JR and in addition will discuss intentions behind the installation as well as the techniques that were used. You will be brought into spaces that are not accessible for viewing on our regular tour route such as the psychiatric ward of the general hospital and the second floor of the contagious disease hospital. JR’s Book The Ghosts of Ellis Island is on sale on our website. This evocative book includes the entire exhibit and original historic photos. Also included in the book are drawings by Pulitzer Prize author and cartoonist Art Spiegelman. Location: Ellis Island …


Save Ellis Island Photography Sessions

Posted on April 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Save Ellis Island Photography Sessions Join a photo session at the un-restored Hospital Complex on Ellis Island’s south side. Small group photo sessions offer you the opportunity to photograph spaces not accessible on our regularly scheduled Hard Hat Tours. Reserve your ticket today! Saturday, June 17, 2017: 2p.m. to 4p.m. RESERVE Saturday, October 7, 2017: 2p.m. – 4p.m. RESERVE Reserved Tickets are $175* 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. Space is limited to 10 guests on the photography tour so order now! 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. Email John McInnes at if you have any questions about this offer.


Meet Susan Meissner, Author of A Fall of Marigolds and Tour the Un-restored Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 6:18 pm


April 29, 2017 on Ellis Island at 1:30 p.m. Susan Meissner will host a reading and book signing of A Fall of Marigolds, followed by a tour of the un-restored immigrant hospital, the setting used for the book! Your ticket also includes a gift copy of the book. A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away…. September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? September 2011. On …


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 …


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