Tag: American immigration before 1890

  • Castle Garden, the Gateway to Ellis Island

    Castle Garden, the Gateway to Ellis Island


    America’s welcome mat at Ellis Island in New York was for refugees — from hunger, political unrest, or poverty. While before 1890 the states controlled immigration, in 1890 the federal government took control through the Departments of Commerce, Labor, and (in 1940) Justice. Ellis Island wasn’t the only federal immigration center, but it was the…

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Past Article

Ray Hahn
There is a certain feeling of accomplishment when you find something lost or learn something new! It also happens when you’re looking for a person, especially when the person shares their name with others. While looking for Agnes Richardson, there it was, a 44-year-old classified ad in The London Observer asking for Biographical Details for an art museum exhibit. At least six of the people whose names appear in the ad are postcard artists.

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