New column: “Ellis Island safeguards key component of U.S. history”

Wall of photographs: the faces of immigrants to the U.S. at Ellis Island

Wall of photographs: the faces of immigrants to the U.S. at Ellis Island

Recently I was lucky enough to travel to New York City with my sister and mother, to celebrate our mom’s 70th birthday. To put it mildly, we had a ball! One of the coolest, most important stops on our trip was a visit to the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

This, and more, in my newspaper column this week. I sure hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click here.

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2 Responses to New column: “Ellis Island safeguards key component of U.S. history”

  1. Kathy king says:

    Dear ms. Crawford, I’m writing to you on behalf of my mother Ms. Rose Gwaltney of Asheville, N.C. She was reading your article about your trip to Ellis Island, My mother who is 93 yrs old is a British war bride who came to America on The Queen Mary in 1946. She came to Ellis island, on her way to N.C. She wanted me to tell you that the stature of Liberty is not on Ellis island, but is located on Bedloe’s island which was renamed to Liberty island in 1956. I would love for you to get in touch with mrs. Gwaltney she is LIVING HISTORY! And you would enjoy listening to her with her British accent telling you all about ww2 and what it was like to come to America, she has many photos, and excellent memory she is also on Facebook! If you would like to know more please contact me! @ nannyandbootsie@gmail.com or (828) 515 5292 thank you for your time. Sincerely, Kathy King

    • scout2011 says:

      Dear Ms. King,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me, and to tell me about your mother. She sounds AMAZING.

      I think the column confused a few folks: I never said that the Statue of Liberty was on Ellis Island; I did, however, reference the Statue of Liberty National Monument, which includes the Statue, the Ellis Island immigration center monument, and Castle Clinton. I didn’t mention Bedloe’s Island at all, so that’s probably where the mix-up happened.

      I’d love to connect with your mother. The best way for me these days is to correspond via email. I’m at thewritingscott at gmail dot com. I’ll try to reach out to your mother after the holidays–I sure would love to hear her stories.

      Thanks to both of you for reading the column!

      All my best,
      Katherine