Ellis Island Meet Up

Board members and members of the Northeast Chapter of the Transcultural Nursing Society and their guests enjoyed beautiful sunshine, excellent views of Liberty Island and Ellis Island, as well as panoramic views of New York City during their Ellis Island Meet Up on July 11, 2016. After everyone took the State Cruises, LLC ferries from either Battery Park in Manhattan or Liberty State Park in New Jersey, they met briefly with Dr. Marianne Jeffreys who helped coordinate the day’s activities. Then, participants enjoyed a Park Ranger tour of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which included very interesting information such as the largest number of immigrants processed in one day (over 11,000), the language difficulties that immigrants encountered, the types of questions they had to answer, the various tests and medical inspections that were administered to determine their entry into the United States, as well as explanations of the various rooms and displays within the museum.  During the tour, one member was asked to participate in a Q & A session with the ranger. The questions that he asked were similar to what immigrants would have been asked to enter the United States. After that interaction, the member earned a Junior Ranger Badge. Following the museum tour, members and their guests enjoyed a lunch in the picnic area during which a short discussion about future chapter events occurred. Several participants also toured the museum, exploring exhibits in more depth, watching movies, and/or listening to stories of  Immigrants’ journeys.  Then, they took part in a Hard Hat Tour of the Ferry Building, hospital, morgue, contagious disease wards, offices, housing, and maintenance facilities. Following the Hard Hat Tour, participants had a short photo session that was followed by a debriefing meeting. After an excellent day of networking and learning a great deal about what took place on these historic grounds, which are now part of the National Park Service, participants again boarded the ferries to begin their journeys home with great enthusiasm about attending future Meet Ups.

Theresa M. Adams, Ph.D., RN, Professor Emerita, Alvernia University and
Recording Secretary, TCNS, NE Chapter