Mission: To restore and preserve the twenty-nine unrestored historic buildings at the national monument, ellis island. These are the buildings of the first and largest public health hospital in the united states built during the height of immigration between 1909 and 1930. To develop and administer public programming on the universal issues of immigration and public health. The project serves as an example of how our national iconic monuments can serve new and modern purposes, encourage civic engagement and enlighten contemporary issues.
Programs: Save ellis island restored the historic ferry building, one of the most important buildings on the island, as it served as the entry point into the united states for 12 million immigrants; restored the marine corridors connecting the north side of the island to the south side hospital buildings where 1. 2 million immigrants were treated for everything from a broken bone to a serious contagious disease; and rehabilitated the hospital laundry building that now serves as office and interpretive space for save ellis island's many public programs.
save ellis island developed a docent led 90-minute tour of select stabilized buildings of the contagious disease hospitals on island 3. The tour is a 1. 5-mile journey back in time taking visitors through all of the many uses of the historic buildings from the time it was occupied by the public health service doctors to its use by the coast guard who closed the island in 1954. Visitors learn about the treatments used at the hospital to cure immigrants of measles, tuberculosis, favus and many other contagious diseases and rehabilitation making it possible for detained immigrants to reunite with their families. The programs interweave the past with the present medicine and cultural challenges immigrants face today. Over 65,000 visitors have participated in the hard hat tour and south side hospital programs since 2014.