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Ellis Island: If Walls Could Talk (Genealogy Speaker Series)

When: April 27, 2024

Time: 10 to 11 a.m.


Join the History Center in exploring Ellis Island from genealogical perspective. Ellis Island is a symbol of hope, promise and freedom. Over 12 million people stood within the main building’s walls as they were herded, questioned and processed, knowing that freedom was just a few steps away. Employees worked diligently to process, feed, aid, examine and nurse immigrants as well keep the whole operation running smoothly. Take a trip back in time to discover what a typical day at Ellis Island was like, what our ancestors would have experienced and look at the records that document a person’s journey to America.

Tamara Hallo has more than 25 years of experience as an educator. She holds a certificate of genealogical research from Boston University. She completed ProGen, an 18-month professional genealogy study program. Recently, Hallo completed the Advanced Genealogical Methods and Public Speaking courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Academy for Professionals, the Fundamentals of Hispanic Genealogical Research, Writing and Publishing for Genealogists, Beginning DNA courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and Law School for Genealogists at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

This is a hybrid virtual program. The presenter will appear virtually, but guests are invited to join us at the History Center to participate in the Zoom. For Zoom details, contact the Polk County History Center at (863) 534-4386 or

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