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Symbols of Passage, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Date: Fri. March 31st, 2017, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Location: Cleveland History Center for the Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106

This presentation examines the way in which Americans and others have “chosen” to see two of the most potent symbols of their multicultural past. Today the Statue of Liberty is a totem to immigration and freedom and Ellis Island is the foremost museum of the American immigrant experience. Yet, both began as something different — the Statue was more about French liberalism than it was a monument to immigration and, when opened in 1892, Ellis Island was a processing station for an immigrant labor force coming to America. Not fondly remembered, it is now a monument to and celebration of immigration. How and why did these changes come about?

This event is sponsored by the Cleveland History Center for the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Event is free with admission to the Cleveland History Center.

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