Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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Beaming the Angel Island Immigration Station Experience into Classrooms Throughout California

Thanks to our supporters, PORTS, our new youth education program that enables students throughout California to virtually explore the US Immigration Station and the timely topic of immigration has launched.   Students that may never have the opportunity to physically visit the island now can with our new interactive videoconferencing program, developed with our California State Park partners.

With the program, students will tour the U.S. Immigration Station Barracks with a State Park Interpreter during a videoconference session, learning about the immigration process and what life was like in the barracks through primary source materials and the poems etched into the walls. The Immigration unit also includes a three-part curriculum for teachers. With immigration continuing to capture news headlines, the history of the Angel Island Immigration Station and the people from more than 80 countries who were detained there provide a critical perspective on immigration and the elemental role of immigrants in America.

This program is a key strategy in achieving our vision of having the Immigration Station--its history and impact--included in our national dialogue.  Our goal is to reach 6,000 students in our first year and expand annually.




Immigrant Voices Stories Initiative Greatly Expands

Thanks to a generous grant from the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation will be greatly expanding Immigrant Voices, our living archive of West Coast immigration stories.  

The $50,000 grant will allow us to increase our role as a critical resource for anyone interested in West Coast immigration, both past and present. We’ll be working with the public historian Leslie Madsen-Brooks to expand the usability of our web-based collection as a research tool for students and scholars. She will also advise us on how to more effectively solicit stories and highlight the detail, depth and personal significance of each story.

In addition, we’ll develop a new online story-gathering template that will make it easier and quicker to tell your immigration story. And we’ll be designing back-end features that will make those stories more readily accessible and searchable, increasing the visibility and use of these personal narratives. The grant will also allow us to edit and post 45 new stories from Immigration Station detainees.

We’ll also be building on our present archive webpage to make it more user-friendly and to accommodate video and audio stories. We’ll be able to better link our site to other organizations that serve diverse audiences with an interest in Pacific Coast immigration. And finally, the grant enables us to have a launch event in Summer 2015 to celebrate and explore the expanded collection.

One of the goals of AIISF is to have the Immigration Station story be as well known as the Ellis Island story. We want the West Coast immigration experience to be recognized in our national history and in today’s dialogues on immigration. With the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation grant we’re taking enormous strides toward making this goal a reality.



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Restoration of the Public Health Service Hospital

During the hospital’s operation from 1910 to 1940, thousands of patients were inspected and treated there. Understanding its history sheds new light on the evolution of public health policies, yet its exhibits will celebrate the voices of the West Coast immigrants who passed through its doors.




Featured Immigrant Voices Story

Takeo Akizaki was one of nineteen men detained on Angel Island from August 5 to 7, 1942. This group was composed of men from Hawai`i, and according to Yasutaro Soga, all were U.S. citizens. Akizaki, who had also been detained on the island in March of that year on his way to Department of Justice camps, became a Shinto priest, and his beliefs were instrumental in his detention in these camps for most of the duration of World War II.

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Virtual Tour of Angel Island Immigration Station

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Year of Arrival 1900

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) raises awareness of the experience of Immigration into America through the Pacific. AIISF collects and preserves the rich stories and personal journeys of thousands of immigrants, and shares them with visitors and everyone living in America through education initiatives and public programs.   Angel Island Immigration Station reminds us of the complicated history of immigration in America.  It serves as a symbol of our willingness to learn from our past to ensure that our nation keeps its promise of liberty and freedom.

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