Immigration Through Ellis Island – Award Winning Documentary Video Film

Published on Jun 4, 2008

Island of Hope – Island of Tears; Charles Guggenheim; National Park Service; AVA15996VNB1 1992 (1989); From 1892-1954, Ellis Island was the port of entry for millions of European immigrants. Fascinating archival footage tells the moving story of families with dreams of opportunity, leaving their homes with what they could carry. CINE – Golden Eagle Award 1990; Columbus International Film and Video Festival – Chris Award 1990; Earthwatch; Institute Film Award – 1991; National; Educational Film & Video Festival – Bronze Apple 1991. Director: Charles Guggenheim; Producer: National Park Service; Creative Commons license: Public Domain; Credits; Uploaded by Public.Resource.Org under a joint venture with NTIS. Rebroadcast of “Island of Hope – Island of Tears” is made possible on the Internet by a grant from Joseph McFadden of Philadelphia.

Between 1892 and the early 1950s, nearly 15 million people streamed through Ellis Island in search of a new life. Here are the stories of those extraordinary immigrants, largely in their own poignant words. Coming primarily from Southern and Eastern Europe, and from widely diverse backgrounds, the émigrés represented in this remarkable volume recount their adventures with dignity, wit, and unflagging honesty. From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the New Jersey coast, within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. Through the years, this gateway to the new world was enlarged from its original 3.3 acres to 27.5 acres by landfill supposedly obtained from the ballast of ships, excess earth from the construction of the New York City subway system and elsewhere. Before being designated as the site of one of the first Federal immigration station by President Benjamin Harrison in 1890, Ellis Island had a varied history. The local Indian tribes had called it “Kioshk” or Gull Island. Due to its rich and abundant oyster beds and plentiful and profitable shad runs, it was known as Oyster Island for many generations during the Dutch and English colonial periods. By the time Samuel Ellis became the island’s private owner in the 1770’s, the island had been called Kioshk, Oyster, Dyre, Bucking and Anderson’s Island. In this way, Ellis Island developed from a sandy island that barely rose above the high tide mark, into a hanging site for pirates, a harbor fort, ammunition and ordinance depot named Fort Gibson, and finally into an immigration station. Despite the island’s reputation as an “Island of Tears”, the vast majority of immigrants were treated courteously and respectfully, and were free to begin their new lives in America after only a few short hours on Ellis Island. Only two percent of the arriving immigrants were excluded from entry. The two main reasons why an immigrant would be excluded were if a doctor diagnosed that the immigrant had a contagious disease that would endanger the public health or if a legal inspector thought the immigrant was likely to become a public charge or an illegal contract laborer. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson declared Ellis Island part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Ellis Island was opened to the public on a limited basis between 1976 and 1984. Starting in 1984, Ellis Island underwent a major restoration, the largest historic restoration in U.S. history. The $160 million dollar project was funded by donations made to the Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the National Park Service. The Main Building was reopened to the public on September 10, 1990 as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Today, the museum receives almost 2 million visitors annually. Creative Commons license: Public Domain

The Immigration History of the United States

A TDC original documentary explaining the history of immigration to America, from the “Natives” who first populated the land, through the Mexican migrants who come in large numbers today.

Campaign Finance Training for Candidates, Party & Referendum Committee Treasurers


I know that several of you attended these training sessions which were held in our District last summer; however, if you missed these classes you have another opportunity to receive this classroom training.  Or, if you are simply wishing to attend another session for retraining purposes, please consider attending.  Space is currently available for the two classes listed below.

Our NC State Board of Elections is again holding sessions on Campaign Finance Training for Candidates, Party & Referendum Committee Treasurers from 9 am – 1 pm on Monday, April 9 in the Graham County Community Building at 196 Knight Street, Robbinsville, NC and on Tuesday, April 10 at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville, NC.  There is no charge to attend these classes and is recommended for anyone in a County or District Treasurer position.  You may sign up for one of these training sessions by going online to, click on training registration and complete this registration form.

Aubrey Woodard


NC 11th Congressional District GOP


“building teams for success”

Amazon Wind Farm interference with radar remains a concern

Carolina Journal – After operating a little more than a year, the Amazon Wind Farm, North Carolina’s only large-scale wind energy project, continues to cause concerns. The project — located in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties near Elizabeth City — generated just 75 percent of its expected power. Military officials also remain uneasy about the wind farm’s interference with a sophisticated radar facility that provides crucial intelligence for the United States.

Interference with military operations may be the project’s Achilles’ heel — and it may spell trouble for other large wind projects considered for the region. Last year, North Carolina legislative leaders asked the Trump administration to consider shutting down the $400-million, 208-megawatt, 104-turbine project. State lawmakers said the massive turbines would interfere with the U. S. Navy’s Relocatable Over-the-Horizon-Radar facility, or ROTHR, in southern Virginia, bordering North Carolina’s Currituck County.

The sophisticated ROTHR receiver plays a key role in the military’s tracking of aircraft and ships suspected of transporting illegal drugs and other banned substances to the United States. The Navy commissioned a study on the interference which will be released this spring, Katisha Draughn-Fraguada, a public affairs officer for Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, told Carolina Journal.

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April meeting of the 11th Congressional District Republican Party, April 9th, 6:30pm

The April meeting of the 11th Congressional District Republican Party will be on Monday, April 9 at 6:30 pm in the Ryan’s restaurant located at 1000 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC.



 Keynote Speaker  Lt. Governor Dan Forest

Congressman Mark Meadows  (R-NC 11th)

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC 10)

Senator Chuck Edwards  (R-NC 48th)

Dr. Mark Creech  (Christian Action League of NC)

Chad Connelly (Former RNC Director of Faith)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Renaissance Asheville Hotel

31 Woodfin Street

Asheville, NC 28801

 4:00pm – 5:15pm VIP Reception

 5:30pm – 7:30pm   Dinner & Program




Training session on Parliamentary procedure with Reverend Billy Miller

The training session on Parliamentary procedure with Reverend Billy Miller has been completely confirmed (finally)!  This promises to be an informative and entertaining event!

The event will be held in the front meeting room (where we normally meet for our X-Com meetings) of the Ryan’s Restaurant, 1000 Brevard Road, Asheville beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 14 and is expected to last until noon.  There is no charge to attend this event.  However, you may wish to purchase breakfast prior to the meeting, Ryan’s begins food service at 8:00 am ($9.99, seniors – $8.99).

Please make your plans to join and, if you have not already responded, please email your intentions to join us.






Hendersonville, NC:  On Saturday, April 7th, between 1PM and 3PM,  a group of parents, grandparents, and tax payers of Henderson County will meet with Sheriff Charles McDonald about school safety.  In attendance will be Commissioner Grady Hawkins, and School Board member, Lisa Edwards, and a report from Representative Cody Henson for a School Safety Education and Awareness afternoon at Fruitful Seasons Pistol Packing, 1927 Spartanburg Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

Event is free and open to the public.

Other local and state officials have been invited.  The purpose of this meeting is to find out what plans are in place, how resources are being coordinated, the time line of implementation, and to assure the concerns of parents, grandparents, and citizens of our county are heard.  Our tax dollars need to be put to the best use to protect our children.

Hope you can join us for an open discussion on a path forward to be better prepared for the unthinkable.

Know a teacher or a coach who would want to take advantage of this great opportunity?  Free Conceal Carry Classes for Teachers and Coaches with Debra Jackson at Fruitful Seasons Pistol Packing.  WLOS coverage.

Contact Jane Bilello

H: 828 692 3117  C: 209 986 3845