Over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island, the nation's chief gateway between 1892 and 1924. Today, over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry to the immigrants who crossed this island before traveling the further destinations throughout the country.

After visiting Liberty Island, the ferry made a scheduled stop at Ellis Island Immigration Museum.  Due to time constraints we were not able to spend much time here.

I love the black and white photographs that are displayed in the museum. They give you an idea of all the people of different nationalities who believed that the United States was the "Land of Opportunity".

Everything they own lies in these trunks...

Unfortunately Ellis Island is currently closed. It suffered major damage from Hurricane Sandy. There is no current date when it will reopen.
All photos of these photographs in this post were taken by me during my trip to New York City in September, 2012.

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