Photo courtesy of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation


The Annenberg Foundation has  long been a champion of Lady Liberty, who watches over Ellis Island, that symbol of hope for immigrants from around the world.   Through a series of grants beginning in 2003, we have helped the National Park Service, guardian of these national treasures, to safeguard their legacy for years to come.

Honoring the History of This Nation of Immigrants

Most recently, we contributed to the construction of a  new Statue of Liberty Museum, scheduled to open in 2019. The new building will double the original museum’s capacity, better accommodating  the 4.3 million visitors who pass through Liberty Island each year.

Previously, the Foundation provided funding for the Peopling of America Center at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, which is dedicated to telling the stories of newcomers to America over the last century and a half.  Our 2008 grant helped expand the scope of the museum, so that it now covers not only the immigrants who actually entered this country through Ellis Island itself, but the entire scope of  immigration to America —  from the arrival of the earliest Native Americans to today’s immigrants to the U.S. from around the globe.

A Prestigious Award, Gratefully Accepted

In 2016, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten received the Ellis Island Foundation’s Family Heritage Award for his preservation efforts over the years.  Gregory said, “I know that America’s openness, its boundless hope and possibility, is a fire that lights up the whole world — from the most oppressed and war-torn countries to the most progressive and advanced ones. They look to us for our ideals, and those ideals are embodied by Ellis Island.”

To learn more, visit The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.


2016 Ellis Island Family Heritage recipients – F. Murray Abraham, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, Billie Jean King and Daniel Libeskind. Photo courtesy of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

Exterior of Ellis Island. Photo courtesy of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

The Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, New York City. Photo courtesy of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

The Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, New York City. Photo courtesy of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

2016 Ellis Island Family Heritage recipients – F. Murray Abraham, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, Billie Jean King and Daniel Libeskind. Photo courtesy of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

Exterior of Ellis Island. Photo courtesy of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

The Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, New York City. Photo courtesy of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

The Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, New York City. Photo courtesy of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation


 

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