Great Museums The Ellis Island Immigration Museum

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More than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry to New York’s Ellis Island. Hear some of their fascinating stories about their voyage to America in this documentary. Between 1897 and 1938, immigration changed the face of America. Ellis Island is more than a museum, it is hallowed ground; it is the place where many immigrants from all over the world first touched American soil. Through the museum’s oral history project and through the everyday objects on display a pair of boots, a cooking pot, religious artifacts and traditional clothing the museum strives to “give voice” to people whose lives have not typically been seen as history.