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2014-01-01 00:20:09

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110428/DC91889LOGO) ELLIS ISLAND OPENS Profile America -- Wednesday, January 1st. The place where many of our ancestors first stepped ashore when they came to America seeking a new life opened on this date in 1892--Ellis Island in New York Harbor. The very first immigrant processed at the new facility was a...

2013-08-01 23:01:14

EarthCam delivers five unique webcam views from the balcony of Lady Liberty. New York (PRWEB) August 01, 2013 EarthCam’s popular Statue of Liberty Cams will be back online tomorrow and people around the world are invited to experience an exclusive look at New York City from Lady Liberty’s perspective once again. Tomorrow is a particularly special day as it marks the 179th birthday of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the French sculptor responsible for bringing the Statue of Liberty to...

2012-06-22 14:23:05

PHOENIX, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Herman Chanen, Founder and Chairman of Chanen Construction Company, Inc. (www.chanen.com) was honored by NECO (the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations) with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Each year the Medals are given to those who have strived to provide economic opportunities for and preserve the diversity of the American people. These recipients foster tolerance, respect and understanding among religious and ethnic groups. Mr. Chanen...

2012-04-19 10:23:39

NEW YORK, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today in the historic Great Hall on Ellis Island three esteemed individuals were honored by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. for the contributions they have made to this "Nation of Immigrants." Celebrating the 120th year of Ellis Island, the 11th Annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards were hosted by NBC's Meredith Vieira in an 11:00 a.m. ceremony. This year's event featured an opening tribute to R.M.S. Titanic, marking the...

2012-03-14 09:00:00

NEW YORK, March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- More than a million students from across the U.S. will travel to Ellis Island in New York Harbor on March 29 to learn the history of immigration on a virtual field trip via a free live webcast on Scholastic.com. "Coming to America: Ellis Island" is an experiential supplement to free teaching resources and digital activities available to teachers in grades 3 to 8 at Scholastic.com/immigration. The site also includes an interactive archive of...

2011-07-01 10:00:00

NEW YORK, July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On the eve of Independence Day weekend, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation announced today a contribution from AT&T* for $50,000 that will be directed toward a significant expansion of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, to be called the "Peopling of America® Center." Due to be completed in early 2013, the Peopling of America Center will enlarge the story currently told of the Ellis Island Era (1892-1954) to...

2011-03-10 10:24:00

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The world premiere of Theater Latte Da's original musical Steerage Song, which celebrates the journey of immigrants to America during the height of immigration, will debut at St. Paul's historic Fitzgerald Theater and will run June 2-5, 2011. Created by Artistic Director Peter Rothstein along with musician and writer Dan Chouinard, the new musical docudrama is premiering in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio. Steerage Song will tell a...

2010-09-01 16:03:00

PROVO, Utah, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Ancestry.com announced today it has launched a collection of more than 1,700 recorded oral histories from immigrants who arrived in the United States through Ellis Island. This is the first time this collection of poignant recordings has been available online. To celebrate the new addition, Ancestry.com is making its entire U.S. Immigration Collection free through Labor Day. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

2010-04-01 14:17:00

JERSEY CITY, N.J., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- To highlight the importance of chemistry in everyday life, as well as to the overall health of our regional economy, Liberty Science Center is once again a sponsoring partner of the essential2life 5K race. "The chemical industry is a vital contributor to our modern lifestyle and regional economy," said Dr. Emlyn Koster, president and CEO of Liberty Science Center. "From conducting important research to developing and producing products that...

2009-10-13 07:00:00

Exhibit "Forgotten Gateway" to Highlight the Galveston History as a Port of Entry and Immigrants Who Shaped the American History GALVESTON, Texas, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Moody Gardens is looking for area residents with ties to the immigrants who came to the U.S. through Galveston. Those descendant families are encouraged to share Galveston immigration stories and historical artifacts toward the new traveling exhibit Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston...