Beginning – WP Photo

“Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.”
~ John F. Kennedy

Ellis Island
New York

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:

Ellis Island first opened in 1892 and was closed in 1954. Over 12 million people entered the United States through Ellis Island. President Lyndon Johnson officially proclaimed Ellis Island part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument on May 11, 1965.

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan asked Lee Iacocca, chairman of the board of Chrysler Corporation of America, to help restore both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation was formed to raise the $230 million needed for the restoration of these two important national monuments.  In the largest restoration project of its kind in American history, $170 million in individual and corporate donations were devoted to the Ellis Island main building project alone.  To date, more than 20 million Americans have contributed to the restoration plans of the foundation.

Today, preservation efforts continue. The island’s remaining abandoned buildings are currently being stabilized and rehabilitation of some is already underway.


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Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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11 Responses to Beginning – WP Photo

  1. I was just there on New Year’s Day. Such a good museum. I also chose a similar subject for this challenge – the Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island certainly fits this theme.


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  3. Preeti says:

    Beautifully connected in context to the challenge. Loved the post and the pics!


  4. I am J says:

    Nice! Great pictures and interesting post!


  5. Great choice! As an amateur genealogist, I also appreciate the family history records available through Ellis Island. See: . This was the first step to a new beginning for so many families.


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  7. A meaningful choice, Becca. Happy new year!



  8. dawnkinster says:

    At first I thought…how is this building representative of ‘beginning?’…and then I realized what it was. PERFECT!


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  10. Beautiful buildings.. Happy New Year Becca.. xxx


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