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23 September 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Bay Shore / Bridgewater Public Library
1 S Country Rd
Brightwaters, NY 11718


Presenter: GSBC Trustee Fred Voss

Fred Voss, a GSBC Trustee, tour guide, and researcher at Ellis Island National Park, will join us to share some of his favorite stories of those who arrived in the US through Ellis Island.

From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—who nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America.

Voss will provide an overview of the workings of the Island—how immigrants arrived, how they were processed through the different parts of the Island, and what might mean a long stay on the Island or a return-ticket home. We'll also dive into those squiggles on the manifest and how to decipher them. (Part one of two talks on Ellis Island.)

Voss' talk on Ellis Island last year was a must-see presentation. If you would like to read-up on last year's talk, download a complimentary copy of the GSBC's 2016 ISFHWE-Award Winning quarterly newsletter, The Archivist. This issue contains a recap of Voss' talk as well as an article recapping a presentation by JewishGen VP for Education, Phyllis Kramer.