Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Coming to America

After the Statue of Liberty, the ferry stops at Ellis Island, the gateway for millions of immigrants to the US.  I don't know all the details of my ancestors' journey from Sicily, but my maternal grandparents at some point arrived here and took their turn waiting in the central processing hall of what is now the Immigration Museum.

Some time ago, when improvements were being made to the facilities, a circular "Wall of Honor" was erected near the Harbor facing the city, containing a partial list of immigrants processed on the island.  Many of our family members contributed to a plaque with our family name to honor our ancestors, so I searched it out and found it on panel 137.

This was a really lovely way to spend the day in New York, and we had just one more thing on our to-do list the next day before heading back home.

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