AIISF has arranged for 50 special packages including ferry tickets, shuttle from the ferry dock to the Immigration Station, box lunch, admission to the National Historic Landmark, and tote bag. Here is the schedule:

9:15 Arrive at Pier 39/41 in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf to register
9:30 Board ferry and depart for Angel Island
10:10 Arrive on Angel Island
10:30 Leave on shuttle to Immigration Station
10:45 Explore grounds of Immigration Station
11:00 Open House of Immigration Station begins
12:15 Talk in Mess Hall Building about resources available to learn about Angel Island and other West Coast ancestors. Special guest speakers will be genealogist and former National Archives staff member Marisa Louie Lee and Zack Wilske, historian with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Lunches will be distributed for those who have ordered them.
1:30 Explore Immigration Station
3:00 Shuttle to return to ferry dock
3:20 Depart for San Francisco
3:50 Arrive in San Francisco

You can purchase the inclusive package for Friday's event on the Eventbrite page.

Once we reach the shuttle capacity of 50, people can still attend but will need to make their own arrangements for the ferry from San Francisco ( or Tiburon (, take the pleasant one mile walk to the Immigration Station (after first climbing 140 steps!), and either bring their lunch or purchase one at the cafe near the arrival dock and pay the $5 admission to the Immigration Station when they enter the building.

Thanks to all who attended or contributed to our gala, Immigrant Dreams Hero Voices, held March 9 at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco. Close to 340 attendees celebrated our honorees, bid at our auctions, saw old friends and made new ones, and enjoyed excellent entertainment and food. Included were Lifetime Achievement awardee Tyrus Wong; Community Leaders Larissa Constantinovna Krassovsky, Al Cheng and Steve Owyang; Educator Marn Cha, and Philanthropist Kanwal Rekhi. KQED Radio's Queena Kim was emcee, and Charlotte Moraga and Joanne Meinl from the Chitresh Das Dance Company and musicians from Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Gamelan Gender Wayang provided entertainment. We've received a lot of nice feedback on the event!

Click here to learn more about 2016 Immigrant Heritage Award Recipients

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 18 - Ancestry Day

Through our partnership with Ancestry, AIISF will benefit from the proceeds from Ancestry Day by the Bay, to be held in South San Francisco on Saturday, June 18. People will learn how to get the most out of's website and much more. Click here for more information and for tickets.

Saturday, July 16 2-4pm - 3 People Project

Through the 3 People Project, the students of Donaldina Cameron House in Chinatown trained to capture on film the often untold immigration experiences of community elders. This project, inspired a new respect and deepened connection between generations and resulted in five well-crafted films that reveal the fears, motivations and challenges the seniors faced in leaving their homelands.

Join us at the Asian Art Museum for a screening of several short films and a discussion with both student filmmakers and interviewees.

The event is free with general admission.

Click here for more information.

Past events

Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - AIISF at San Francisco History Days
Location: Old Mint, Fifth and Mission, San Francisco.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6 pm - AIISF Annual Benefit: Immigrant Voices-Hero Dreams

Location: Grand Hyatt San Francisco, 345 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Join us in honoring personal examples of leadership and celebrating the national symbol of Pacific Coast immigration.

Thursday, March 10 - CAAMFest Opening Night, co-presented by AIISF

Opening Night of the film Tyrus by Pamela Tom at the CAAMFest film festival. Early Bird tickets available until February 10 for $60, $50 for CAAM members, regular price after the 10th.

Saturday, March 19 - Angel Island Genealogical workshop

AIISF's Grant Din to speak at California Genealogical Society about Angel Island Genealogical Resources.

Saturday, March 26 - The Making of Asian America book talk, co-presented by AIISF

Book talk by Erika Lee about her new book, The Making of Asian America. AIISF is a co-presenter at this event at the Chinese Historical Society of America.

Wednesday, June 1, 7pmThe Lost Torah of Shanghai book talk at Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA), 965 Clay St, San Francisco, CA - Book talk on The Lost Torah of Shanghai, presented by AIISF and CHSA. Click here to RSVP.

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