Ellis Island was the gateway to the United States from 1892 to 1954. It was the place that accepted the largest number of immigrants during that time, most coming from Europe by boat. Many modern Americans can trace their ancestry back to that island.
January 1st celebrates the anniversary of the very first immigrant to come into the country through Ellis island. 17-year-old Annie Moore arrived with her two brothers on January 1st from Cork, Ireland. The Island closed on November 12, 1954. Though it is no longer a port of entry into the United States, it is still an important New York City monument. After closing it eventually became a part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Today the main building has been transformed into an immigrant museum where people can experience what their ancestors would have experienced when they came into the country.