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Millie Libmanís Heartwarming Ellis Island Adventure


Millie Libman, who is 93 years young and a resident of the Seasons at Glenview Place in Northbrook, Illinois, always shared a special bond with her mother as the youngest of nine children. In 1902, well before Millieís birth, her mother left Russia with two young children to reunite with her husband and embark on a new life in Detroit. Growing up, Millieís mother would tell her stories of how she traveled to America and was amazed at seeing the Statue of Liberty as their ship approached Ellis Island after 14 days at sea. These stories fueled Millieís quest to relive her motherís experience.

Last April, her dream came true thanks to Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime, when three generations of her family traveled to New York to retrace her motherís steps through Ellis Island. With the help of the American Family Immigration History Centerís staff, Millie was thrilled to locate her motherís arrival records.

Please take a few minutes to watch Millieís heartwarming story and then write us at historycenter@ellisisland.org to let us know what you think of it, and if you wish, share your own familyís story of arrival with us.

And if youíd like to search for your ancestorís arrival, you can start your search here!



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