What Was Ellis Island? by Patricia Demuth
Which of these facts are true?
It was the gateway to a new life in America for millions of people
Enemies of the United States were detained here during World Wars I and II
It is now a museum celebrating the stories of immigrants
From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island was the gateway to a new life in the United States for millions of immigrants. In later years, the island was deserted, the buildings decaying. Ellis Island was not restored until the 1980s, when Americans from all over the country donated more than $150 million. It opened to the public once again in 1990 as a museum. Learn more about America’s history, and perhaps even your own, through the story of one of the most popular landmarks in the country.