Hey everybody, it is with some sadness that I report that my time at Ellis Island has come to an end.  After fifteen months of volunteering in the Interpretation Division the time has come to move on.  I will always be thankful to the rangers, especially to volunteer coordinators April Antonellis and Anthony Chu, who taught me so much and gave me the opportunity to work in the museum and with the public.  I had always known what a special place Ellis Island is, but as the weeks and then months went by I was increasingly humbled as I learned more and more about the immigration station and the 12 million people who passed through it.  It is hallowed ground.  Leaving Ellis does not mean I will stop volunteering with the NPS, however.  This summer I will begin volunteering with National Park Service across the water at Governors Island, where I can pursue my passion not only for American history in general but the Civil War in particular.  I think it is going to be a rewarding and enjoyable summer.

Be well.

Ellis Island Registry Room, May 2011