Late Wednesday afternoon, we went to the Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The Museum has several different tour, focusing on various aspects of the immigrant experience in New York. We did the Shop Life tour, and learned about the saloon run in
|Lower East Side|
The next day we got up early and took our bus to Brooklyn to visit Green-Wood Cemetery. That is a place I am very familiar with.
|Main Gate of Green-Wood Cemetery|
|Minerva Saluting the|
Statue of Liberty
Saturday was devoted to going to the Statue of Liberty and to Ellis Island. I am embarrassed to admit that as a native New Yorker I had never visited Lady Liberty. The views of
|Statue of Liberty|
|Lady Liberty from below|
Then, it was on to Ellis Island. Now I had been to Ellis Island, right after it opened; since then it has expanded a great deal. There are several options: We did the audio tour of the immigrant experience.
If I could talk to my ancestors, I would have several questions. I would like to ask the Wendels and Minarciks what their life was like on the Lower East Side. How many people lived in their tenement? Did they often go to a saloon? For my great grandmother, Maria Eitelbach, I would ask how long their voyage lasted? How did she manage her three small children on the ship? How long did it take for them to get through Ellis Island? Were there any delays? If so, what?