Via Antwerp. The Road to Ellis Island
From 27 May until 4 September 2016
Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York
The processing buildings on Ellis Island are the mirror image of the buildings in Rijnkaai, Antwerp where the Red Star Line Museum is located. The “Via Antwerp” exhibition will run throughout the summer of 2016 in the temporary exhibition space on the first floor next to the Great Hall of Ellis Island, where immigrants waited to be interviewed.
If the walls of Ellis Island could talk, we would be astounded by the stories they could tell. This is where the final decision was made: who was admitted into the country, who was turned back (provisionally). The exhibition recounts the stories of passengers who underwent examinations in Rijnkaai and in the Great Hall in Ellis Island. It also examines the role the Red Star Line played in the lives of such famous passengers as Albert Einstein and Irving Berlin. You will also be able to see a model of S/S Vaderland, the Red Star Line’s first ship and an amazing selection of posters designs by Henri Cassiers and drawings by Eugeen Van Mieghem and several other artists.
The exhibition is part of the official programme of the Centennial Year 2016, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service, which provides support to and protects the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.