Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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July 11 Immigrant Heritage Award kickoff!


Event Co-Chairs Linda Frank and Buck Gee with 2013 Immigrant Heritage Awards recipients, Catherine Eusebio, Alla Efimova, Lit Ng, and AIISF Executive Director, Michael McKehcnie.

Family Reunion/Open House at the Angel Island Immigration Station July 20!

Author Judy Yung
Have you always wanted to come to Angel Island but just haven't made the time? Are you an experienced visitor but want to bring your friends and family? Come to our Family Reunion/Open House at the U.S. Immigration Station on Angel Island State Park, Saturday, July 20! We will feature author and U.S. Immigration Station expert Judy Yung and a free open house so you can explore the immigration barracks museum at your leisure. Park staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide insight about the site and its history throughout the day.



Bringing the Angel Island Immigration Station into California Classrooms

Yahoo! Employee Foundation is pleased to be a part of assisting the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation in bringing its lessons out to students across California.

Tony Tam, Yahoo! Inc.


Remembering Angel Island's Russian immigrants

By Maria Sakovich and Eugenia Bailey


USS Merritt, circa 1923

Ninety years ago, on 1 July 1923, a special group of refugees on the American transport U.S.A.T. Merritt arrived at San Francisco. These 526 Russian men, women, and children had been part of a flotilla of some twenty Russian vessels (under the command of Rear Admiral Yu. K. Stark) which left Vladivostok in October 1922 when the city fell to the Bolsheviks. After a harrowing journey plagued by inhospitable governments, poor shipboard conditions, and typhoons which sank two of the not-very-seaworthy vessels and their passengers; a remnant of the original 7,000 refugees managed to make it to Manila in the Philippine Islands, where the American government had guaranteed asylum. Consultation by Governor General Leonard Wood with President Harding and the Secretaries of War and Labor enabled the homeless and stateless Russians to come to the United States under the terms of the recently enacted quota law. The American Red Cross helped to finance the trip.



New Leadership at California State Parks

By Michael McKechnie

Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret.) does not require you to salute when you greet him. He is a down to earth leader with broad ranging interests. And he has been appointed by Governor Brown to move our State Parks system on to higher ground.



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