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  • Christmas on Ellis Island
    05
    DEC

    Christmas on Ellis Island

    The holidays were very important on Ellis Island, perhaps the most celebrated was Christmas. It was observed each year at Ellis Island through religious services, festivities, and gift giving. The Roman Catholic Church and the various Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Churches and denominations offered separate religious services in accordance with their respective traditions.

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  • Scout Explores Ellis Island’s South Side
    02
    NOV

    Scout Explores Ellis Island’s South Side

    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. 

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  • An Ellis Island Christmas – Book Reading
    22
    OCT

    An Ellis Island Christmas – Book Reading

    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.

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  • Faces Places - A Work of Art About Art
    17
    OCT

    Faces Places - 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.

    Agnes Varda knows the value of a camera. The 89-year-old director was a pioneer of French New Wave filmmaking and has strived to find inventive forms of storytelling throughout her career. In her new documentary Faces Places, Varda teams up with the enigmatic photographer and visual artist JR to follow and participate in his Inside Out project, in which he takes portraits of regular people and pastes the pictures, in gigantic-poster format, onto walls and buildings.

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  • Join us for a Special Tour of JR’s Exhibit Unframed-Ellis Island
    01
    MAY

    Join us for a Special Tour of JR’s Exhibit Unframed-Ellis Island

    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.

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  • Meet Carole Limata – Author, Ellis Angels
    18
    APR

    Meet Carole Limata – Author, Ellis Angels

    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.

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