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"Immigrants: Let Us Entertain You"

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April 22, 2013

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Melrose Library
For all ages
NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

“Immigrants: Let Us Entertain You” (For 10 Years of Age to Adult)
Between 1892 and 1954, immigration officials processed over 12 million
immigrants at Ellis Island. Immigrants helped build the United States of
America and their efforts continue to define and enrich our nation’s and
our city’s identity. Some of those passing through Ellis Island reaped a
variety of riches in their adopted home. Some were honored for their
contributions to variety of fields. As we celebrate this year’s Immigrant
Heritage Week, we salute immigrants who entered through the doors of
Ellis Island and went on to leave an indelible mark on the arts. Attendees
will be able to see the ship manifest records of Bob Hope, Cary Grant,
Irving Berlin and Maria Von Trapp. They will also hear about three Ellis
Island immigrants who were eventually elected Mayor of New York City.
In addition, participants will discuss immigrants who made significant
contributions to the fields of architecture and dance, and children will
enjoy hearing the story of Chef Boyardee (yes, he too arrived at Ellis
Island!). Participants will experience the story of Ellis Island and be
provided with tips to preserve their own family stories for generations to
come.

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