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Almost one year to the day after Sandy swamped it with 8-foot storm surges, Ellis Island is reopening to the public.

For the past year, the National Park Service has been working to repair the national monument after water damaged boilers and electrical systems, leaving Ellis Island without any power for months.

This Monday, Ellis Island will open her doors once more.

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Photo Credit: NPS

AP News via abc News: Ellis Island will reopen to the public Monday, almost exactly a year after Superstorm Sandy’s swells reached 8 feet and badly damaged the former U.S. immigration entry point.

“We are delighted to be able to share Ellis Island’s uniquely American story with the world once more,” Superintendent David Luchsinger said in a statement Thursday.

Ellis Island after the superstorm. Photo Credit: NPS

The Oct. 29 storm swamped boilers and electrical systems, and the 27.5-acre island in New York Harbor was without power for months.

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum, housed in the main building on the island, showcases the stories of the millions of immigrants who passed through the island to start their lives in the United States.

More than 20 million people passed through the federal immigration station between 1892 and 1954. Photo Credit: Bettmann/Corbis via History.com

More than a million documents, photographs and other artifacts at the museum were moved before the storm because it was impossible to maintain the climate-controlled environment needed for their preservation.

National Park Service staff pass boxes of artifacts down the stairs near the Great Hall. Photo Credit: Kevin Daley, National Park Service via Tribeca Trib Online

While the halls and buildings will reopen, the artifacts remain in a temporary storage facility in Maryland, park officials said. There is no estimate on when they will return to the island, because considerable work to upgrade and fix the buildings is still ongoing.

Doors and windows to Ferry Building knocked down by storm surge. Photo Credit: NPS

“You’re not going to see a complete restoration of Ellis Island for a while,” spokesman John Warren said.

Crews are still working on revamping so that the next bad storm won’t leave the island shuttered for a year, he said.

Post-Sandy damage. Photo Credit: NPS

There is no cost estimate yet on how much it will take to repair and revamp the island.

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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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