About Angel Island:
Reception and treatment of immigrants to the United States has been an issue since the country’s beginnings, and continues to be a highly contested issue today. Ellis Island and Angel Island, on opposite coasts, were two important entry points for immigrants until the early 20th century. Angel Island received immigrants primarily from Asia, some of whom authorities detained on the island for up to two years. The Angel Island guided tour provides a glimpse into what happened on the island, and how immigration policies affected immigrants coming into the United States. This year Servas conference attendees may take advantage of the opportunity to explore Angel Island via a guided tour which lasts an hour and twenty minutes. Participants will get to experience the beautiful San Francisco Bay as they ferry to the island.
Participants at the July 2019 excursion: