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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Page 3 Students can ask questions on 00'irtual tour From pagel The Great Hall at Ellis Island early 1900's National Parks Service. The tour guide introduced herself as Ranger Melissa. She said Ellis Island, from 1892 to 1924, over 12 mil- lions immigrants were pro- cessed. On average, the inspection process took any- where from three to 7 hours. For the vast number of immigrants the island was truly an "Island of Hope." For some it became an "Island of Tears," a place where families were separat- ed and individuals were denied entry into this coun- try. The tour presenter asked the kids if they knew what an "Immigrant" is? She explained how the immi- grants were tested for their health and their eligibility to immigrate. Ellis Island in the early 1900's. National Parks Photo. She showed a picture of the island from the air, with the Statue of Liberty in the fore- ground and Manhattan and Jersey City in the back- ground. She then showed a pic- ture of the main Great Hall where immigrants were first brought for processing. That is where the museum is now located. She then showed a current picture of the inside of the great hall which offered a 360 degree view. She told the kids the island has just recently opened to the public due to damage from hurricane Sandy last year. She explained that in the beginning the island was actually just a large sandbar. So to make it stable seawalls were built around it, and then it was filled in with dirt excavated from the New York City Subways. The island is approximately 27 acres (about the same size as Dutch Charley Park). She asked the students how the immigrants came to America. They knew most came by ship from Europe. She then showed them a pic- ture of the passenger ship Mauretania, a ship similar to the Titanic. Showing a post- card of the ship, she said this is the type of ship used 100 years ago. The ship carried four types of passage, first, sec- ond, third class and steerage. She told the kids most of the first and second class pas- sengers seldom had to go to Ellis Island. While most of the third class and steerage were usually quarantined on Ellis Island. The first and second class passengers were only sent there if they had health problems and deemed a health risk to the COuntry. Those who ended up on Ellis Island were taken to the Great Hall for processing. There they were given phys- ical and legal examinations. About ten percent of the immigrants were sick and were kept on the island until they were well enough to leave. Most of the people that came there were cleared of Courtney Locke with the new interac- tive television equipment. medical problems. They also faced legal testing which consisted of a test with about 30 questions to prove if they were who they said they were. Inspectors were check- ing to see if their informa- tion matched the manifest sheets. About 10 percent of them did not pass but were given a second chance to prove who they were. Sometimes there were mis- understandings because of the language barriers. About one percent of them were denied immigra- tion and were sent back to their country of origin, either for medical reasons or for legal reasons. She showed a portion of one of the manifests with four names on it. She asked if anyone could read the first names. One name was iden- tiffed by those watching. She then told the kids one of the names on the list was that of her great grandfather. She also gave the kids some interesting facts about the island. The island was named after the original owner Samuel Ellis. She said several thousand people stayed on the island each night. There were 350 births recorded on the island, and about 3000 deaths were recorded. Wednesday December 4 at 1:00 p.m. Locke will be presenting a virtual tour of scuba divers on the California coast. 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