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.
Penn State World Campus offers a world of possibilities—online. Earn a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and choose from five areas of emphasis: STEM Education; Elementary Education; Children’s Literature; Curriculum and Supervision; and Theory and Practice in English, Social Studies, and World Languages. Learn from the same faculty who teach on campus and apply your new knowledge immediately in your classroom. The programs are asynchronous so you can study on your own time, from any location. Advance your knowledge and gain a well-respected credential from Penn State’s College of Education—ranked consistently in the top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Celebrating Student Voices, Facing History’s2018 student essay contest, invites students to reflect on the stories and ideals that have helped shape the ways they think about their roles and responsibilities as engaged members of their communities. The contest highlights themes in the upcoming PBS documentary film American Creed.