Historic Angel Island Immigration Station Re-Opens on Feb. 15 After Three Years

On Sunday, February 15, the U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island will be re-opened for the first time in over three years. Major restoration and preservation work for this National Historic Landmark has been completed with new exhibits and interpretive elements available to bring out its significance as a national symbol of Pacific immigration.

Join us for the Dedication Ceremony – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You must take the following ferry to attend the Dedication Ceremony: 8:45 a.m. ferry from San Francisco, Blue and Gold Fleet at Pier 41 and 8:50 a.m. ferry from Tiburon, Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry at 21 Main Street.  Other ferry times are listed here.

The ceremony will begin with a blessing by the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria, descendants of the original inhabitants of Angel Island. There will also be an unveiling of sister park status between Ellis Island and Angel Island with Cynthia Garrett, Superintendent of the Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty National Park. Following remarks by Kathy Lim Ko, President of the Board of AIISF, Consul General Gao Zhangshen from the People’s Republic of China, will speak. California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman will conclude the program. The Marin Chinese Cultural Association Lion Dancers will perform in the closing part of the dedication ceremony as former detainees cut the ribbon at the entrance of the restored covered staircase to the Detention Barracks.

The Administrative Footprint (the grounds of the former Administration building) and the Detention Barracks will be open for public tours from 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. As you walk through the barracks, several artists and scholars will be providing you with lively interpretations of the Angel Island experience.

Charlie Chin, community activist, writer, musician and historian, will create a historical character named “Guest of the Flower Flag”. The character Chan Hung Ock leaves his home in the Pearl River Delta of Guang Dong China to come to Angel Island as a “paper son.”

Charles Egan, Associate Professor of Chinese at San Francisco State University, will interpret the Chinese poems and other inscriptions found in the main downstairs barracks room.

Silvia Lange will give an historical re-enactment as Deaconess Katherine Maurer, a missionary who provided help and counseling to the women immigrants.

Nikolai Massenkoff, an internationally acclaimed singer, will perform Russian folk songs.

Daniel Quan, designer of the exhibits at the Immigration Station, will present a slideshow and talk on the history of the restoration project and future phases of the project.

Melody Takata, performing artist and director of Genryu Arts, will perform Japanese folk dances.

Outside on the administration grounds, there will be a Community Fair with outreach tables and presentations by the Architectural Resources Group, which planned the restoration and preservation work, Chinese Culture Center, Chinese Historical Society of America, U.S. Public Health Service, and many other community groups. There will also be book signings with authors Genny Lim, Judy Yung, Robert Barde, Shirley Fong-Torres, Katrina Currier, Li Keng Wong, and William Wong and a children’s activities area with games and puzzles.

There is a free admission to the State Park, free tram service on Angel Island, and reduced rates on ferries from San Francisco Blue and Gold Fleet and Tiburon, Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry. No reservations are required. Go to the dock and ask for the special rate of $2.00 round-trip. See the complete ferry schedule below.

Visitors are encouraged to walk one mile to the U.S. Immigration Station from Ayala Cove as space on the trams is limited. Walk and enjoy the beautiful view of the Sonoma Valley and the Bay.

Visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the park at 415-435-5390.

The Grand Re-Opening was brought to you by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and the California State Parks with major support from American Presidents’ Line, Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Blue and Gold Fleet, and California Parks Companies.

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