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June is Immigrant Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the diversity and shared American heritage of immigrants throughout time.
Join Stephen Lean to learn about the Ellis Island Immigrant Experience. What inspired people to leave their homeland for an unknown land? What happened along the journey and once they entered Ellis Island for immigration inspection? Are there famous immigrants who went through Ellis? Did they really change people's names at Ellis Island?
Presenter: Stephen Lean, Director of The American Family Immigration History Center. Having started his career in the corporate sector, Stephen Lean embraced his passion for history and storytelling when he joined the Foundation team on July 4, 2015. Under Stephen’s leadership, the History Center’s team is an indispensable resource for visitors exploring their family heritage. Stephen holds a B.A. in American History. He has a deep knowledge of Ellis Island and the Ellis Island immigrant experience. Armed with this expertise, Stephen is a frequent guest speaker and interview subject for location, national, and international media.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is a non-profit that collaborates with the National Park Service in one of America’s most successful public-private partnerships. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan asked Lee Iacocca to raise private funds for the historic restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Foundation has since created the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, constructed the Statue of Liberty Museum, maintained museum exhibits, and funded hundreds of other projects on the islands. Follow the Foundation @StatueEllisFdn.
The American Family Immigration History Center is home to the Ellis Island Passenger Database, which comprises nearly sixty-five million passenger arrival records for travelers entering the Port of New York 1820 – 1957. This awe-inspiring resource enables visitors to examine immigration documents, find connections to their ancestry and heritage, and offer their own contributions to an ever-growing catalogue of family stories.
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