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Post Scripts: Ellis Island

by Joe Snyder

Ellis Island, through which many foreign citizens passed before entering on U.S. soil, has an interesting history. Originally built in 1818 as an arsenal and a fort, it was closed in 1954 and placed on the government’s excess property list. Deteriorating in the fierce New York harbor winters, the island was made a part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, then opened to tourists

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