Icons of American liberty and freedom, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have long been a mainstay of the New York skyline and its history. Stretching back to the Dutch colonial settlement in the early seventeenth century, Ellis Island became a place known for both heartache and joy, processing over 12 million immigrants to the United States from 1892 to 1954, with Liberty Island standing as a beacon of hope for many of these immigrants. On this Statue of Liberty Tour visiting Ellis Island and Battery Park in the company of an art historian or preservationist, we’ll visit both islands to understand how the American ideal of freedom has changed over the years, and how immigration and cultural exchange have profoundly impacted the entire country.
Statue of Liberty Tour
The Statue of Liberty
Onto Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty does not allow selfie sticks, large bags, large bottles of water, tripods, and other large objects.
There is an airport-style security screening involving metal detectors, long lines and occasional questioning as a part of access to the Statue of Liberty. Clients with mobility issues may be eligible for an expedited security process.
Yes, the main pedestal area and museum are accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
As an undergraduate student at St. Joesph's College, Ryan was able to obtain his bachelors degree in education, while minoring in history. It was during this time that his passion for history, specifically New York City history began to fully develop. Upon graduating, Ryan began working as a New York City public school teacher and completing his masters degree in history at Queens College. As a graduate student, Ryan was able to merge his passion for music with New York City history with the completion of his masters thesis, which analyzed Punk Rock and the social factors that led to its creation and development in New York City. Ryan continues to work as a social studies teacher in New York City and enjoys experiencing all things the world has to offer through travel, culture, and shared experiences with new people.
Rachel McKinney is a New York-based theater/film artist who shares stories that bring light to humanity. She had a multicultural upbringing, being raised in Chile, Mexico, and Arizona, however is she is a New Yorker through and through. She is passionate about making the world a better place through the use of whatever ability she has, whether it be through writing, teaching, acting, or producing, with focus on new works development and tackling social justice issues. For years she conducted extensive historical research and tours daily at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and is in development on multiple projects based on these experiences. Rachel holds her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University. www.RachelMcKinney.com
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