Black History Month

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument is a new unit of the National Park System that encompasses roughly four city blocks in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The National Monument includes the A.G. Gaston Motel, which served as the headquarters for the Birmingham campaign. In April through May of 1963 leaders of the civil rights movement, including Reverend Dr. Martin...
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Immigrant Contributions and the Film Industry

Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach in Bristol, England in 1904. He left home at 13 to perform with a comedy troupe. The troupe arrived at Ellis Island in 1920. By the 1930s he was under contract with a major Hollywood studio. He made films for over 40 years. He established himself as a film icon and received an...
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The island is being prepared for the construction of the Statue of Liberty Museum. We will be sharing images as progress is made. Learn more about the project at .
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Immigrants Contributions and the Film Industry

Al Jolson

He was married to dancer Ruby Keller, born in Canada. Both were immigrants to the United States. If you wish to explore the database to uncover your family arrival records, visit:
Join The NY Times Josie Sedgwick and National Park Service Ranger Doug Treem as they walk you in the footsteps of those who took part in one of the greatest migrations in human history. Look and listen in on this very interesting and lively conversation right here on Ellis Island.
Feeling patriotic this Presidents' Day? Consider exploring a National Park Service site near your home:
We would love to help you #FindYourPark.
Happy Anniversary Grand Canyon National Park

On February 19, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson, a former New Jersey Governor, signed a bill creating #GrandCanyonNationalPark. Eleven years earlier President Theodore Roosevelt, a former New York Governor, set the canyon aside as a National Monument and declared “Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. You cannot improve on it. But...
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This Presidents' Day, February 20, 2017, why not head up to General Grant National Memorial for an especially lively program on the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. Living history impressionist Kenneth J.Serfass will take you on a journey you will likely not forget. Learn more: [ Link ] or
We have released the Statue of Liberty National Monument Secondary Screening Facility Environmental Assessment and Draft Memorandum of Agreement to the public. For more information, or to comment, visit:
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Immigrant Contributions in the Film Industry

Edward G. Robinson arrived at Ellis Island in 1903 at the age ten. His family lived on New York's Lower East Side. He began acting while attending City College. He was awarded a scholarship, worked on Broadway and made his film debut in 1923. He set a standard for portraying movie gangsters. He appeared in nearly 100...
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Did you know that there are many other National Park sites in New York City? Explore the #NationalParksofNewYorkHarbor:
Many are just a short walk or subway ride away from our Battery Park ferry dock.
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Are you related to an #immigrant arriving at Ellis Island? Did your family arrive before 1892 or after 1954? The expanded museum galleries include "Journey's" and "Peopling of America" which provide insight on centuries of immigration stories. Plan your visit soon:
Visitors from around the world are showing the Statue of Liberty National Monument some #LOVE on #Valentine's Day. Share your lovely Liberty and Ellis Island photos with the globe @StatueEllisNPS on Instagram and Twitter. If you and a date are coming soon, be sure you make reservations at
Black History Month
Today we provide links to Hampton National Historic Park

Sunday February 19, 2017, 1-2:30pm
"On The Hampton Plantation: The Overseer’s House and Slave Quarters Tour"
Dressed in period attire, Park Ranger Anokwale will guide visitors through the authentic slave quarters, dairy and overseer’s home and give voice to the enslaved African Americans who made the Ridgelys’...
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Here's one of last year's winners, Katie Ajemian, answering questions about her America I Am Film Competition experience. For more info on the competition: [ Link ]
This is an amazing view of the Upper Bay looking toward the Atlantic Ocean. If you are planning visit to the Crown or Pedestal, you must secure a reservation at
Ellis Island was added to the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965. Today, thousands of visitors from around the world explore the historic buildings to learn about the experiences of immigrants. Your education options include taking a ranger tour, listening to an audio tour and viewing a film. We hope you plan your visit soon:
Black History Month

Today we provide links to Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

The 1957 Crisis at Little Rock Central High School is recognized for the role it played in the desegregation of public schools in the United States. The nine African-American students' persistence in attending the formerly all-white Central High School was the most prominent national...
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Statue of Liberty National Monument & Ellis Island will resume normal operating hours Friday, February 10.

Thanks to our hard-charging grounds crew - working under cold and very windy conditions - we are able to open park on Friday without any delays. Join us in giving our dedicated and dependable crew a big and WARM thank you.
Uncovering Liberty's Past
The pedestal and statue rise from within the walls of Fort Wood. It was built between 1808-1811 in the shape of an eleven-pointed star. Many modifications inside the area were made including filling it during the 1960's to accommodate a museum. During a 2011 construction project, the fill was removed exposing fort remains. It is likely that this room exposed was...
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