Monday, December 26, 2016

Ellis Island

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Ellis Island
Duration: January 1, 2017- March 31, 2017

125 years ago (1 Jan 1892)
Ellis Island immigrant inspection station was officially opened in Upper New York Bay, USA. It remained in operation until November 1954, by which time it had processed 12 million immigrants. It is now a museum and a part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Today, over 100 million Americans—about one-third to forty percent of the population of the United States—can trace their ancestry to the immigrants who first arrived in America at Ellis Island before dispersing to points all over the country.

1. Originally much of the west shore of Upper New York Bay consisted of large tidal flats which hosted vast oyster banks, a major source of food for the Lenape population who lived in the area prior to the arrival of Dutch settlers. There were several islands which were not completely submerged at high tide. Three of them were given the name Oyster Islands by the settlers of New Netherland, the first European colony in the region. 

Read a book in which the first letter of each word in the title starts with a letter in New Netherland (two word minimum).
About That Night Julie James 1/24/17

2. Little Oyster Island was acquired by Samuel Ellis, a colonial New Yorker and merchant possibly from Wales, around the time of the American Revolution.

Read a book set in New York OR on an island.
Complicate Me M. Robinson 1/4/17

3. The State of New York leased the island in 1794 and started to fortify it in 1795. It was a military post for nearly 80 years before it was selected to be a federal immigration station. The first station was opened with celebration on January 1, 1892. Three large ships landed on the first day and 700 immigrants passed over the docks. Almost 450,000 immigrants were processed at the station during its first year. 

Read a book with a character that served in the military OR with a 0, 7,or 8 in the year it's published.
Galahad in Jeans Jennifer Blake 1/2/17

4. On June 15, 1897, a fire of unknown origin, possibly caused by faulty wiring, turned the wooden structures on Ellis Island into ashes. No loss of life was reported, but most of the immigration records dating back to 1855 were destroyed. About 1.5 million immigrants had been processed at the first building during its five years of use.

Read a book where a building catches on fire OR a Series/TBR #5.
A Question of Honor Charles Todd 1/18/17

5. Edward Lippincott Tilton and William A. Boring won the 1897 competition to design the first phase, including the Main Building (1897–1900), Kitchen and Laundry Building (1900–01), Main Powerhouse (1900–01), and the Main Hospital Building (1900–01).

Read a book with a character or author named Edward or William in any form. 
Fiercombe Manor Kate Riordan 1/30/17

6. The present main structure was designed in French Renaissance Revival style and built of red brick with limestone trim. After it opened on December 17, 1900, the facilities proved to be able to barely handle the flood of immigrants that arrived in the years before World War I. Writer Louis Adamic came to America from Slovenia in southeastern Europe in 1913 and described the night he and many other immigrants slept on bunk beds in a huge hall. Lacking a warm blanket, the young man "shivered, sleepless, all night, listening to snores" and dreams "in perhaps a dozen different languages".

Read a book that has been written/translated in/to another language OR where a character speaks another language. Please tell us what the languages are. 
English and Spanish
Crave Me M. Robinson 1/7/17

7. It is reported that the island’s first immigrant to be processed through the new building was a teenager named Annie Moore from County Cork in Ireland.

Read a book whose author's first or last name starts with A, M, C or I.
Jordan's Return Samantha Chase 1/7/17

8. By the time it closed on November 12, 1954, twelve million immigrants had been processed by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration. At first, the majority of immigrants arriving through the station were Northern and Western Europeans. Later immigrants came in from Southern and Eastern Europe. Many reasons these immigrants came to the United States included escaping political and economic oppression, as well as persecution, destitution, and violence. 

Read a book where a character moves (can be within their country or to another country) OR a character has bad times and survives.
Undo Me M. Robinson 1/6/17

9. Ellis Island was sometimes known as "The Island of Tears" or "Heartbreak Island" because of those 2% who were not admitted after the long transatlantic voyage. 

Read a book with ISLAND, TEARS, HEART or BREAK in the title.
An Island Christmas Nancy Thayer 1/3/17

10. The Kissing Post is a wooden column outside the Registry Room, where new arrivals were greeted by their relatives and friends, typically with tears, hugs and kisses.

Read a book with a kissing scene OR where a character is greeted by friends or relatives after a long trip.
Forbid Me M. Robinson 1/5/17

Challenge Rules:
Books should be at least 125 pages. All formats are acceptable. Re-reads are fine--just be sure to re-read the entire book. 
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