Ellis Island was opened to the public as a museum of immigration in 1990.
"Ellis Island is a very powerful place emotionally," he said.
No one is quite certain what to do with the south side of Ellis Island.
Ellis Island is for the people who came over on the ships!
My father passed through Ellis Island in 1927 without problems.
Ellis Island grew to its current size in a series of landfill projects between 1890 and 1934.
"I took about 17 kids who were available to go to Ellis Island to do research," she said.
Not that they don't still want to see the old Ellis Island.
Ellis Island could be a frightening experience for immigrants, but it also served them well.
Ellis Island was itself a goal, a gateway to a particular destination.