A “Save Ellis Island” ad on CNN.com piqued my curiosity today. The ad is part of a national fundraising campaign called We Are Ellis Island
that launched Aug. 17.
Genealogists and the American public are intimately familiar with (and grateful for) the Great Hall on Ellis Island, which was restored and opened as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum
in the 1990s.
Those behind We Are Ellis Island—a nonprofit called Save Ellis Island
and Arrow, a division of clothing company Phillips-Van Heusen Corp—hope to raise enough to restore the deteriorating buildings that remain. That includes the three structures of the Hospital Complex (read about them here
Arrow donated $500,000 to finish restoring the Ferry Building, which reopened April 2.
You can visit the We Are Ellis Island campaign Web site to donate, share your family’s Ellis Island story (you must register first) and upload pictures.
The campaign also includes television and print advertising. All feature photographs of famous folks, including actor Christian Slater, American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee and football star Joe Montana, wearing Arrow apparel and posing attractively inside the unrestored buildings. The celebrities’ Ellis Island stories are among those on the site.