Castle Clinton National Monument

Castle Clinton National Monument Built as a fort for the War of 1812. Later it was an opera house, immigration station and an aquarium.
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December 7, 1941“A day that will live in infamy” FDRToday we honor all military personnel who have lost their lives in s...
12/07/2020

December 7, 1941

“A day that will live in infamy” FDR

Today we honor all military personnel who have lost their lives in service to this country.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress p...
11/11/2020

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Thank you #VeteransDay
11/11/2020

Thank you #VeteransDay

Frequent visitor this time of year. Sat on top of the ticket office for a few hours before flying away
11/10/2020

Frequent visitor this time of year. Sat on top of the ticket office for a few hours before flying away

Enjoying some October fog at the monument this morning.If you want to visit us or the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island b...
10/23/2020

Enjoying some October fog at the monument this morning.

If you want to visit us or the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island before it really starts to cool off, tickets for the ferry can be purchased on site or in advance at www.statuecruises.com. Please be sure to check the ferry schedule in advance to plan your visit accordingly.

Get the latest information on Castle Clinton NM here: https://www.nps.gov/cacl/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

-ZB

Happy Constitution Day, and Happy Citizenship Day!On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constituti...
09/17/2020

Happy Constitution Day, and Happy Citizenship Day!

On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution. Each year, on this day, Americans celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Between 1855 and 1890, over 8 million people arrived in America at Castle Clinton and began their lives as new residents of the United States.

The National Park Service preserves the stories of people who come from all over the world, and whether in centuries past or in the present day, these places play an integral role in so many people’s American story. Every year, many National Park sites (including those in New York Harbor) host naturalization ceremonies for new U.S. citizens.

What is a place that stands out as important in your American story?

For more on Citizenship Ceremonies in our National Parks, check out https://www.nps.gov/subjects/partnerships/newcitizens.htm
Photos: Naturalization ceremonies at Ellis Island and the Grand Canyon)

-ZB

Please check Statue of Liberty National Monument's page or https://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm for the latest on...
08/20/2020
Statue Of Liberty National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

Please check Statue of Liberty National Monument's page or https://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm for the latest on operating status and hours for both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Castle Clinton National Monument remains open 7:45am to 5pm, but please consult https://www.statuecruises.com/departure-schedule/ for current ferry schedules to plan your trip accordingly! -ZB

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the National Park Service is using a phased approach to partially reopen the park while continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

Around 1807-1808, tensions between Great Britain and the United States continued to build. In response, American harbor ...
08/19/2020

Around 1807-1808, tensions between Great Britain and the United States continued to build. In response, American harbor cities began to build forts to increase their protection. New York Harbor, which had experienced invasion by the British during the Revolutionary War, began construction of four new forts.

This one, completed in 1811, has been called several different names over the years. Do you know its original name? -ZB

In the latter years of Castle Clinton’s operation as an immigration center, the scene that greeted people as they entere...
08/16/2020

In the latter years of Castle Clinton’s operation as an immigration center, the scene that greeted people as they entered the United States for the first time was a chaotic one. After being processed, new immigrants were frequently met by many who hoped to take advantage of them. “Kesselgarten,” as it was called by Yiddish-speaking Eastern European Jews, gained such a reputation that the phrase became a generic term for any noisy, confusing, or chaotic situation. Today, things are a bit calmer at Castle Clinton, but if you are confused, a ranger can help you get oriented!
-ZB

Did you know that for 34 years, Castle Clinton (then called Castle Garden) served as the nation’s official immigrant pro...
08/03/2020

Did you know that for 34 years, Castle Clinton (then called Castle Garden) served as the nation’s official immigrant processing center? On this day in 1855, Castle Garden began functioning as an immigrant landing depot.

Over 8 million people entered the United States through Castle Garden! During that period, two out of three people immigrating here passed through its gates. Come visit us to learn more about Castle Clinton's significant and varied history!

-ZB

Castle Clinton National Monument is currently open to the public from 7:45 AM until 5:00 PM everyday. All inside exhibit...
07/30/2020

Castle Clinton National Monument is currently open to the public from 7:45 AM until 5:00 PM everyday. All inside exhibits are currently closed, but the inside of the battery and grounds are open. Tickets for Statue of Liberty NM can be purchased on site or at https://www.statuecruises.com/. For the latest information regarding reopening of the Statue of Liberty, visit https://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm.

Social distancing is encouraged when visiting Castle Clinton NM. We look forward to seeing you!

#WomenshistorymonthRachel Carson 1907-1964A marine and nature writer who worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as ...
03/31/2020

#Womenshistorymonth

Rachel Carson 1907-1964

A marine and nature writer who worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as editor and writer of brochures for the public.

She wrote several books about the ocean but is best known for the book "Silent Spring" which focused on the effects of chemicals pesticides on nature. She also wrote about its impact on humans, including cancer. The book led to a ban of DDT and other pesticides. It also ultimately created the Environmental Protection Agency.

#WomenshistorymonthDian Fossey 1932-1985Studied Mountain Gorillas on Virunga Mountain in the Congo until political unres...
03/30/2020

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Dian Fossey 1932-1985

Studied Mountain Gorillas on Virunga Mountain in the Congo until political unrest moved the research to the Ruwandan side of the mountain. She wrote "Gorillas in the Mist" about her study of the gorillas.

Poaching was a huge problem in the national park and Fossey funded patrols to destroy poachers traps. She also fought to keep tourism from the gorillas since humans could pass diseases to the primates. Dian Fossey was found murdered in her cabin at the national park in 1985.

#WomenshistorymonthDr Jane Goodall  1934 -AS a 26 year she ventured into the forest of Gombe and opened the eyes of the ...
03/29/2020

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Dr Jane Goodall 1934 -

AS a 26 year she ventured into the forest of Gombe and opened the eyes of the world to Chimpanzees. In her field research she showed that chimpanzees could make and use tools which is considered one of the greatest achievements of 20th century scholarship. Dr. Goodall still lecture about the protection of chimpanzees and about environmental protections.

#WomenshistorymonthOnna-Bugeisha - Female Samurai Warriors 200AD-1886Onna-Bugeisha Were taught to fight exactly as their...
03/28/2020

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Onna-Bugeisha - Female Samurai Warriors 200AD-1886

Onna-Bugeisha Were taught to fight exactly as their male counterparts using a special weapon called the Naginata. They fought to protect their homes and country until the fall of the Shogunate in the late 1800's

Sybil Ludington 1761-1839April 26, 1777 16 year old Sybil warned of a British attack on Danbury CT. Sybil rode 40 miles ...
03/26/2020

Sybil Ludington 1761-1839

April 26, 1777 16 year old Sybil warned of a British attack on Danbury CT. Sybil rode 40 miles around Putnam County spreading the alarm and gathering the militia

#WomenshistorymonthLady Ada King, Countess of Lovelace "Ada Lovelace" first computer programmer. 1815-1852Ada was the da...
03/23/2020

#Womenshistorymonth

Lady Ada King, Countess of Lovelace "Ada Lovelace" first computer programmer. 1815-1852

Ada was the daughter of Lord Byron and Anne Isabelle Milbanke Lady Wentworth. Ada came by her love of numbers from her mother who was a known mathematician.

Ada is credited with writing the first computer program based an the Babbage Analytical Engine. This "computer" use punch cards to input and output data. She said the machine could predict Bernoulli numbers, which is considered the first computer. She also predicted the machine could compose music and make graphs.

Ada Lovelace Day is celebrated the second Tuesday in October

#WomenshistorymonthAnne Frank 1929 - 1945Born in Germany the family moved to the Netherlands in 1933 as Adolf Hitler ros...
03/20/2020

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Anne Frank 1929 - 1945

Born in Germany the family moved to the Netherlands in 1933 as Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany. The Netherlands fell to the Germans in 1940 placing restrictions on Jews living there. In 1942 Anne and her family moved into a secret Annex built at her fathers old business. Anne began her diary during the 2 yrs she spent at the Annex. In 1944 the Annex was raided and the Frank family was arrested along with 4 others living there. The Frank family were sent to Auschwitz. Later Anne and her sister Margot are sent to Bergen-Belson where they died of Typhus in 1945.

Otto Frank, Anne's father, was the only member of the family to survive. He went back to the Netherlands where he learned his secretary saved Anne's diary and writing. He was encouraged to publish them and in 1947 Het Achtehuis (The Secret Annex) was publish. Since then it has been translated into 70 languages and adapted to screen and movies.

#WomenshistorymonthElizabeth Cady Staton 1815-1902In 1848 helped organize, with the help of other like minded women, org...
03/17/2020

#Womenshistorymonth

Elizabeth Cady Staton 1815-1902

In 1848 helped organize, with the help of other like minded women, organized the 1st Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY. This marked the beginning of the campaign for women suffrage.

03/16/2020

Castle Clinton National Monument is temporarily closed as of 3/16/20

"Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, Castle Clinton National Monument is temporarily closed."

#WomenshistorymonthAlice Paul 1885-1977A more radical suffragette who was determined to win the vote by any means necess...
03/14/2020

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Alice Paul 1885-1977

A more radical suffragette who was determined to win the vote by any means necessary. She founded the National Women's Party and began flamboyant protests and marches, which lead to her arrest.

#WomenshistorymonthSusan B. Anthony 1820 - 1906Raised Quaker she believed that men and women should live as equals. She ...
03/12/2020

#Womenshistorymonth

Susan B. Anthony 1820 - 1906

Raised Quaker she believed that men and women should live as equals. She fought for the right for women to vote until her death in 1906

#WomenshistorymonthJoan or Arc 1412-1431Joan was a 17 year old peasant girl living in medieval France who believed that ...
03/10/2020

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Joan or Arc 1412-1431

Joan was a 17 year old peasant girl living in medieval France who believed that God had chosen her to lead France to victory over the English. She lead the French army to victory at Orleans but was later captured by the English. She was convicted of heresy and burned at the stake. She was canonized in 1920

#WomenshistorymonthBoudicca 30-61CEQueen of the Iceni tribe during Roman occupation of Britain. She united several Celti...
03/08/2020

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Boudicca 30-61CE

Queen of the Iceni tribe during Roman occupation of Britain. She united several Celtic tribes to drive the Romans from Britain. She almost succeeded until she was defeated in battle and committed suicide to avoid capture.

#WomenshistorymonthFlorence Nightingale 1820-1910Florence had a calling to nurse when she was young. Her parents didn't ...
03/06/2020

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Florence Nightingale 1820-1910

Florence had a calling to nurse when she was young. Her parents didn't approve but eventually she was sent to Germany to study nursing. She later went to Paris to continue her studies. She returned to England where she promoted cleanliness and hygiene. She was sent to the Crimean War to help out at the hospitals. She became known as "The lady with the lamp" when she used to check on the soldiers at night. Her and her 38 nurses transformed the hospital and the death rate went from 40% to 2%.

#WomenshistorymonthMary Wollstonecraft Shelley  1759-1797English writer was a champion of education for women and equal ...
03/04/2020

#Womenshistorymonth

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 1759-1797

English writer was a champion of education for women and equal rights. She is most famous for her novel Frankenstein.

#WomenshistorymonthMarie Curie 1867-1934First women to win a Nobel PrizeMarie and her husband discover radium and poloni...
03/02/2020

#Womenshistorymonth

Marie Curie 1867-1934
First women to win a Nobel Prize

Marie and her husband discover radium and polonium and founded the new science of Radioactivity. Her discoveries lead to effect cures for cancer. Unfortunately the handling of these radioactive substance lead to her death in 1937

Hattie McDaniels - First African American to win an Academy Award. McDaniels won the best supporting actress oscar for h...
02/29/2020

Hattie McDaniels - First African American to win an Academy Award.

McDaniels won the best supporting actress oscar for her role as Mammy in Gone With the Wind in 1940.

#BlackhistorymonthMarie M. DalyFirst African American female to receive a Ph.D in Chemistry in the United states in 1947...
02/27/2020

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Marie M. Daly

First African American female to receive a Ph.D in Chemistry in the United states in 1947 from Columbia University In New York City.

#BlackhistorymonthMarshal Bass Reeves - The real Lone Ranger?Reeves was hired to be a marshal in the Oklahoma Territory ...
02/25/2020

#Blackhistorymonth

Marshal Bass Reeves - The real Lone Ranger?

Reeves was hired to be a marshal in the Oklahoma Territory in 1875 making him the first African American Marshal West of the Mississippi. During his 32 year career as a US Marshal Reeves had some colorful encounters and harrowing arrests to rival the TV legend. Reeves arrested 3,000 criminal and killed 14 men in self-defense. The legendary lawman was eventually removed from his position in 1907, when Oklahoma gained statehood. As an African-American, Bass was unable to continue in his position as deputy marshal under the new state laws.
aking him the first African American Marshal west of the Mississippi.

02/23/2020

#Blackhistorymonth

Onesimus – Enslaved African American who introduced inoculations to Boston

In 1706, an enslaved West African man was purchased for the prominent Puritan minister Cotton Mather by his congregation. When a small pox epidemic broke out in Boston Onesimus told Mather how it could be prevented. The practice of introducing the disease to healthy individuals by rubbing the disease on a cut of a health person had been used in Africa, thus inoculating the individual. It was dangerous and highly controversial but Mather found Dr. Zabdiel Boylston was willing to try. Of the 242 people he inoculated, only six died—one in 40, as opposed to one in seven deaths among the population of Boston who didn’t undergo the procedure.

#BlackhistorymonthMatthew Henson: Arctic ExplorerMatthew started his career as a cabin boy and traveled to China, Europe...
02/20/2020

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Matthew Henson: Arctic Explorer
Matthew started his career as a cabin boy and traveled to China, Europe and North Africa. He later became a member of Captain Perry’s crew. Perry announced he would try to reach the north pole. Henderson joined him on his many failed attempts. 1908 would be their last attempt. Matthew learned the Eskimo language and gained their trust paving the way for them to reach the North Pole. Unfortunately Matthew arrived first but Peary received the accolades.

Photo: US Library of Congress

#BlackhistorymonthBessie Coleman – First African American woman to flyWhile living in Chicago Bessie was entranced by th...
02/19/2020

#Blackhistorymonth

Bessie Coleman – First African American woman to fly

While living in Chicago Bessie was entranced by the stories of pilots just returned from WWI. Her desire to become a pilot was born. Unable to achieve her goal in the US she went to France and earned her pilots license in 1921. To make a living as a pilot she joined stunts show that toured across the US. Her race and gender made her a celebrity. Unfortunately barnstorming was dangerous and her plane crashed as she was surveying an area for her next show.

#blackhistorymonthMary Ellen Pleasant – First African American woman millionaireMary Ellen amassed her large fortune whe...
02/18/2020

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Mary Ellen Pleasant – First African American woman millionaire

Mary Ellen amassed her large fortune when she moved to California in 1852. She used the inherited fortune of her first husband to invest in everything from Wells Fargo to laundries. She also became a cook earning ten times what she would back East. At her highest she was worth $30,000,000. Unfortunately in later years accusations of witchcraft and voodoo by white settlers was her down fall.

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Monday 07:45 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:45 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:45 - 17:00
Thursday 07:45 - 17:00
Friday 07:45 - 17:00
Saturday 07:45 - 17:00
Sunday 07:45 - 17:00

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