Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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Milestones

AIISF was awarded the Maverick Prize in 2012 by the Autry National Center, a museum of the American West based in Los Angeles, California.  The prize recognizes the work of an individual or organization that challenges conventional wisdom and prompts novel thinking about the past, present, and future of the American West.  In addition to being invited to present the Angel Island story at the Autry, AIISF received a $10,000.

AIISF received the California Preservation Foundation’s 2011 prize for Best Archaeological & Interpretive Exhibits for the restoration of the detention barracks and administrative footprint at the Angel Island Immigration Station.  Architect/designer Dan Quan, Architectural Resources Group, Inc.,  and the California State Parks were also honored by the California Preservation Foundation.

AIISF dedicates the Immigrant Heritage Wall, which contains over 300 plaques honoring immigrant ancestors, on July 23, 2011.

In 2010, AIISF was recognized for its exemplary partnership with the California State Parks with the DeWitt Award by State Parks Director Ruth Coleman and became a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

President Barack Obama declared January 21, 2010, National Angel Island Day, in a special proclamation to mark the centennial of the U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island.

AIISF secured federal appropriations of $1,108,000 in 2008, $1,250,000 in 2009, and $1,000,000 in 2010 for the stabilization and rehabilitation of the Public Health Service Hospital located at the Angel Island Immigration Station.

AIISF reopens the Angel Island Immigration Station Museum on February 15, 2009 after a $15 million restoration effort on the detention barracks is completed.  Over 1,500 people attended the opening ceremony.

California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) has awarded $3.6 million in funding for the Angel Island Immigration Station in the first distribution cycle of Proposition 40 bond funds in 2007. The funding will be used for the renovation and preservation of the historic Hospital structure and interpretive exhibits in the Barracks.

In Fall 2006, Angel Island Immigration Station was one of 25 Bay Area historical sites selected in the Partners in Preservation program, a partnership with American Express and the National Trust. Angel Island received the second highest number of votes and received $84,000 for the restoration efforts.

In 2005, President Bush signed the Angel Island Immigration Station Hospital Preservation and Restoration Act (H.R. 606/S.262), authorizes up to $15 million to be appropriated for the restoration and preservation effort.

In 1999 the Immigration Station was named by the National Trust as one of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places” and became an official project of Save America’s Treasures, a partnership between the National Trust and the White House Millennium Council. Highlights of AIISF’s relationship with Save America’s Treasures include a visit by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and more than $250,000 in donations and pledges raised by SAT for Angel Island.

AIISF was also awarded a $500,000 Department of the Interior Save America’s Treasures grant, which will be used for poem conservation.

The California state legislature allocated $400,000 for preservation of the immigration station in 1999.  California voters approved state bond measure for state parks via Prop 12 in March 2000,  $15 million was set aside for the Angel Island Immigration Station.

Angel Island Immigration Station was awarded National Historic Landmark status in 1997. As a result, a historic three-party agreement was signed between the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the National Park Service and AIISF to work together to preserve and restore the Immigration Station. AIISF has also forged a partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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