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The National Park Service has moved treasures from the Ellis
Island Immigration Museum in New York Harbor to
a federal storage center due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Oct. 29, the hurricane flooded Ellis Island and water filled the basement of the Immigration
Museum, which houses the Great Hall where millions of immigrants started their lives
in the United States.
Fortunately, the water didn’t touch the museum’s archive of records and immigrant
artifacts, which were located elsewhere in the building. But it did knock out the
island’s electricity, wreaking havoc on the museum’s carefully controlled climate
and causing mold to grow on the artifacts and condensation to build up on walls.
Both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty (on nearby Liberty Island) remain closed.
Park Service plans call for reopening, but a date is yet to be determined. You
can get updates on the Statue
of Liberty Hurricane Sandy Recovery page.