Thursday, March 11, 2010

Keeping a Treasure

A Call To the Genealogy Community
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

Perhaps you remember my 5 February, 2010 blog "The Wall of Honor Ellis Island", or maybe you remember Gini's Wordless Wednesday's blog of 3 Feb, 2010 honoring Marie Beekman Webb, her husband's paternal grandmother. Or it may be that by chance you have used the free database of the Ellis Island Foundation while researching your own immigrant ancestor. What ever the case, know that this foundation, like most, has been hit by the economic slow-down. I have attached a recent plea from Lee Iacocca, the Founding Chairman, seeking donations. You may wish to consider supporting this effort.

A message from Lee Iacocca, Founding Chairman
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

This past year has been tough, as you know. In the non-profit world, many organizations have cut back on services or shut down altogether. For nearly a decade, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation has made Ellis Island Online available to you and millions of other Americans for free, but this past year has been the most challenging in our history.

We are committed to keeping this site open and still free for public use, but now more than ever Ellis Island Online needs your immediate help to make this happen!

Read the entire letter at The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.

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  1. I have been registered for many years and they must have volunteer staff or someone who emails regularly with suggestions, we donate or do something with the organization. We must not let any of this go down. It is as webster comment above, which i love, he said about people but things can be links as well.

    It is a reminder for us we dare not forget.

  2. A rootdigger, I'm sorry I don't know your name, but thanks for stopping by and commenting. And you are right "we dare not forget" And I too love that quote by Daniel Webster.

  3. I am one of many who would do whatever we can to make sure nothing happens to this wonderful foundation. I was not aware of the problems that existed but I know that my father-in-law, Marie Beekman's son...would be more than willing to support the cause.

    Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention.