Monday, October 8, 2018

Organization Highlight: Save Ellis Island

From time to time, I highlight a non-profit related to history or the arts, a historical society, preservation group or friends group whose main objective is to promote the historical and artistic history of New Jersey and beyond.

This week, I am featuring Save Ellis Island, Inc.. Save Ellis Island, Inc., the National Park Service private sector non-profit, which was formed to raise the funds for the restoration and beneficial re-use of the twenty-nine historic unrestored Ellis Island buildings. In 2014, Save Ellis Island opened select areas of the unrestored Ellis Island Hospital Complex to the public for the first time in over 50 years for hard hat tours. Over the past few years, these tours have become extremely popular and help visitors to Ellis Island understand the more complete story of Ellis Island and the immigration process.

Thanks to the efforts of Save Ellis Island, they have restored the marine corridors connecting the north side of the island to the south side, the Ferry Building and the Hospital Laundry Building, and continues to work towards the goal of preserving all of the historic Ellis Island buildings. Their next restoration project is the 1937 outdoor recreation pavilion. The shelter was a gathering place for patients to enjoy social activities and fresh air during their stay in the hospital.

Save Ellis Island also strives to tell the stories of and open a dialogue about those who passed through Ellis Island and may have stayed at the hospital complex.

Save Ellis Island relies on donations and members to continue its mission. For more information on hard hat tours, events, and other programs hosted by Save Ellis Island or to volunteer, please e-mail, call 973-383-1080, or visit

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