Photo Courtesy of Save Ellis Island

This past weekend I had the pleasure of taking a "behind the scenes" tour of Ellis Island. When most of us think of Ellis Island, we think of the huge Main Building where millions of immigrants passed through from 1890 to 1952. But did you know that, in addition to the Main Building that is open to the public, there are more than two dozen other buildings that have become ruins over the past 60 years?

Listen to my interview with volunteer docent and licensed architect Matt Funk to hear more about what's happening and what the goals are for the other 80% of Ellis Island:

You can get more information on how you can help at the Save Ellis Island Website. Check out some of my pictures from my visit:

 

And here are some drawings of the proposed "Ellis Island Institute":

40% of Americans can trace their family history through Ellis Island. Have you done any family research? Did your ancestors come through Ellis Island? Leave a comment below and tell us what you've learned!