Historic Travel

Museum Exhibit Documents Immigration & The Great Ocean Liners

A museum exhibit at South Street Seaport looks back at how immigrants at the turn of the 20th century shared a transatlantic crossing with people of far greater means as they sailed toward a new life in America. The exhibit, called Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers. The Millions exhibit stresses the continuing importance that immigration plays in American history at a time when those values are being tested. Both original and reproduced artifacts from the South Street...

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Welcome New Citizens On Independence Day, at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

  By Jennifer Ceaser If you’re like most Americans, your July 4th is celebrated with a cookout, maybe a parade or patriotic music concert, and of course, plenty of fireworks. But at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s estate in Charlottesville, Virginia, the holiday takes on a far deeper meaning: It’s here that the oldest U.S. naturalization ceremony (outside a courtroom) is held each Independence Day. Now in its 55th year, the event welcomes more than 70 newly minted American citizens from 40-plus countries who will take the oath of allegiance—and share their stories—during the inspirational ceremony. This year’s keynote speaker is...

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