They changed my name: immigration myths and mythologies

Jewish genealogy | lecture series

Janette Silverman

Janette Silverman

December 7 | 6 p.m.

Does your family story include information about a name change at Ellis Island? Learn about this endless myth and the realities of traveling in steerage and arriving in the new country. Discuss first-person experiences of immigrants traveling from Europe to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and what they encountered when they arrived. Although immigrants arrived in many ports throughout North America, we will focus on Ellis Island, the port where the greatest number of immigrants arrived.

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