Via Antwerp. The Road to Ellis Island

The inspection buildings on Ellis Island, New York, are the mirror image of those on the Rijnkaai in Antwerp, home to the Red Star Line Museum.

The exhibition Via Antwerp will be on show throughout the summer of 2016 in the temporary exhibition rooms on the first floor next to the Great Hall on Ellis Island, where the immigrants had to wait for inspection.

If the walls of Ellis Island could speak, we would be dumbfounded by their stories. This was where the final decision was made: who was allowed into the country, and who was not (yet). The exhibition allows the passengers inspected both at the Rijnkaai and in the Great Hall on Ellis Island to tell their story, focusing on the role played by the Red Star Line in the lives of famous passengers such as Irving Berlin and Albert Einstein. Visitors are presented with a model of the Vaderland, the first ship of the Red Star Line, along with a broad selection of poster designs by Henri Cassiers and drawings by the Antwerp artist Eugeen Van Mieghem and other artists.

The exhibition is part of the official programme for the Centennial Year 2016, celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the US National Park Service, to which the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island also belong.

Via Antwerp. The Road to Ellis Island, from 27 May to 4 September 2016 at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York.

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