Ellis Island symbolizes the spirit of hope, renewal and opportunity we associate with immigration. To bring this spirit to visitors around the world, ESI designed the American Family Immigration History Center.
Opened in 2001, ESI's core activity at the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum fulfills a dream long held by those whose ancestors immigrated through Ellis Island: to search over 22 million passenger records and 3.5 million digitized ship manifests for family members who arrived at the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. At the museum and on the Web, visitors quickly locate relatives, see the wealth of information collected from passengers at debarkation points, and print a copy of the manifest that bears a relative’s name and a photograph of the ship that carried him or her to Ellis Island. In collaboration with the National Park Service, ESI also designed the center’s physical environment, which complements the historic building.