A year after Hurricane Sandy submerged the island it sits on, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum — part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument — is re-opening today (Oct. 28, 2013).
David Luchsinger, superintendent of the facility, said: \”We are delighted to be able to share Ellis Island\’s uniquely American story with the world once more. I can think of no better way to celebrate Lady Liberty\’s 127th birthday than to welcome visitors back to the place where those \”huddled masses yearning to breathe free\” first came to our shores.\”
When Hurricane Sandy hit New York Harbor on Oct. 29, 2012, Ellis Island was completely covered by water. The storm surge destroyed electrical, communications, heating and cooling systems. After the Statue reopened on July 4, the park shifted its efforts from repairs at Liberty Island to planning the more complex task of reopening an historic structure that preserves a delicate museum collection.
Go to http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_visiting.asp for more.

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