Looking for something interesting to do on Saturday, August 15, before the Gala Banquet in the evening? Want to find out about our ancestors who traveled from Asia to America to the “Ellis Island of the West?”
Join freelance photographers Corky Lee and James Yee in a special AAJA tour of Angel Island Immigration Station. You don’t need to be a photographer. Everyone is welcome. Limited reservations required for guided and self-guided tours.
The State Park Service docent led tour is $7 and starts at 11 a.m. at the Immigration Station.
Self-guided tours of the immigration station is $5.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 12. After August 12, you will be on wait list.
RSVP sign up: Corky Lee
Fees will be collected by the State Park Service at the Immigration Station. Make check payable to: “California State Parks. If paying by cash, please bring exact change. No credit cards.
Take a 25 minute ferry ride from San Francisco to Angel Island past the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The ferry will first make a brief stop at Fisherman’s Wharf.
The immigration station is about a 20 to 30 minute walk up and down a hill from the dock. Bring your walking shoes; a coat since it might be chilly on the ferry; camera to photograph the barracks as it was in the early 1900s.
There is a snack bar at the pier on Angel Island. There are no other food and drink services on the island. Also a snack bar on the ferry.
The ferry leaves at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 15 from the Ferry Terminal, across the street from the Hyatt Regency. About a five minute walk from the Hyatt to the Ferry Building (That’s the tower building across street from Hyatt with big clock tower). Purchase a round trip ticket on your own inside the main lobby of the Ferry Building. Cost is $18 round trip. Suggest purchasing ticket inside Ferry Building at least 15 minutes before ferry departs. Credit card/cash accepted.
The return ferry from Angel Island is at 3:15pm and arrives at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 41 at 3:40 p.m. The return ferry stops at Fisherman’s Wharf and does not stop back at the Ferry Terminal across Hyatt Hotel. Fisherman’s Wharf is 1.75 miles from the Hyatt. You will need to find transportation back to the hotel on your own. You can take the F trolley car back to the hotel. Also about a 30 minute walk. Or pedicab or taxi.
Angel Island history: From 1910 to 1940 the United States Immigration Station processed nearly a million immigrants. Most of immigrants were Chinese and Japanese who arrived at Angel Island and were detained for weeks. Some were detained up to 90 days and a very few for almost two years while their applications were considered. The immigration station is a now a National Historic Landmark. Many of the original barracks and other buildings are still standing. There is a wonderful museum with many artifacts.