Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The storm surged onto the South Side of Ellis Island, depositing debris and flooding the basements of the historic hospital and administration buildings. Photo by NPS/Leonard

From the Wall Street Journal via Associated Press: More than 1 million historical artifacts and documents from the Ellis Island Immigration Museum have been moved to storage facilities while damage to the island from Superstorm Sandy is repaired.

The museum sits on an island next to the Statue of Liberty in the center of New York Harbor. It’s closed due to severe damage to its infrastructure. The statue also is closed.

A panel on the Immigrant Wall of Honor was knocked off its mounting by the force of Sandy. The Wall of Honor contains the names of immigrants honored by their descendants. Photo by/NPS Leonard

The collection was unharmed by the late October storm. But museum superintendent Dave Luchsinger says it’s impossible to maintain the climate-controlled environment needed to protect the artifacts because there’s no power.

More than 1 million historical artifacts and documents from the Ellis Island Immigration Museum have been moved to storage facilities while damage to the island from Sandy is repaired. photo: NBC New York

Most of the items were moved in recent weeks to the federal Museum Resources Center in Landover, Md. The Mudder Museum collection from Ellis Island’s Ferry Building previously was moved to the Harpers Ferry conservation center in West Virginia.

reblogged by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

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