From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. The Ellis Island Oral History project is dedicated to preserving the firsthand recollections of immigrants who passed through the Ellis Island immigration station during that period and the employees who worked there. Each person interviewed for the Oral History Library describes his or her daily life in the country of origin, family history, reasons for emigration, journey to New York, arrival and processing at Ellis Island, and adjustment to life in the United States. In addition to the oral histories, the Ellis Island website displays an interactive Immigration Timeline showing the forces behind immigration and their impact on the immigrant experience. Students can explore the timeline by clicking or tapping each of the time periods.
The Pop History Dig is a magazine-styled website with more than 250 stories that cover a range of topics, often focusing on the history and power of popular culture. One goal of the site is to use the visibility of popular culture—its music, film, literature, and famous personalities—to engage readers on topics ranging from civil rights history to the power of the entertainment industry.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum invites teachers and students to participate in “Anniversary in the Schools,” a freewebinar commemorating the seventeenth anniversary of 9/11. The webinar, broadcast from inside the 9/11 Museum, connects students and teachers from around the world with museum staff and guest speakers to learn about the attacks and the importance of commemoration.
The 57th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) will be held in Washington, DC, from March 2 to March 9, 2019. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action.