Location: Battery Park, New York
Over the centuries many different icons have represented America. Perhaps the two that best exemplify the American way of life are the flag and the Statue of Liberty. As Arlington Cemetery and Memorial Day witness the sacrifice of those who gave their lives on behalf of We the People, the Statue of Liberty and July 4 represent what that sacrifice was for: the right to be free and to live dreams. The site of where millions first entered this country is both a museum to those who arrived there and a symbol for all Americans of our better nature no matter when or where they arrived. Share its experience and bring its message back to the classroom.
9:00 Meet tour guides at Battery Park: We will be accompanied by two guides throughout the program
9:25 Board ferry for Statue of Liberty
Located on a 12 acre island, the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.
10:45 Board ferry to Ellis Island
Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island became the nation’s premier federal immigration station. In operation until 1954, the station processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers. The main building was restored after 30 years of abandonment and opened as a museum on September 10, 1990. Millions of America’s population can now trace their ancestry through Ellis Island.
12:30 Touring Ellis Island Immigration Museum [3 floors]
2:30 Island of Hope, Island of Tears
An award-winning documentary narrated by Gene Hackman. Each 45 minute presentation includes a 15-minute park ranger introductory talk followed by the 30 minute film.
3:30 Continue Tour (outdoors)
The Statue of Annie Moore: The first immigrant to be processed on Ellis Island American Immigrant Wall of Honor
5:00 Return to Battery Park
5:15 Arrive Battery Park