Exterior of restored Ellis Island main building, Island One.


Retracing the Steps of our Immigrant Ancestors


Slide Lecture

Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook

Special: Ellis Island 1978-1980
About Tom  Bernardin



Slide Lecture

Tom Bernardin, author of The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook, is pleased to offer his slide lecture program to your organization.

Ellis Island-The Golden Door

Detail: Gypsy Woman, Sherman Collection, NPS.Between the years 1892 and 1954, millions of immigrants poured through Ellis Island on their way to their new lives in America. These people have slowly been absorbed into American life, with their cultures and backgrounds providing the texture for present-day America.

From the decision to leave their homelands, through the miseries of steerage, the fearful examination at Ellis Island, and their early years in America, these immigrants displayed a courage that contains a lesson for all Americans.The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook by Tom Bernardin. Link to book page.

For many years, however, Ellis Island remained vacant and fell into disrepair. Now, with the restored Ellis Island Immigration Museum welcoming visitors, attention is again focused on its unique and dramatic importance in American history.

In this slide-lecture program, Tom Bernardin presents the story of their journey in a touching and informative way. Illustrated with authentic photos of immigrants, the immigration process, and the recently restored facility, the program provides a comprehensive look at this "Plymouth Rock" of America’s ancestors.


Clients include:

Scandinavian Festival (Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ)

Schering-Plough (Cranford, NJ)

South Street Seaport Elderhostel (New York, NY)

Explore New York Elderhostel (New York, NY)

The White Fund, (Lawrence, MA)

Italian Cultural Festival (Farmingdale, NY)

Kaplan Jewish Community Center (West Palm Beach, FL)

BookFest of the Palm Beaches (Palm Beach, FL)

Sons of Norway (Minneapolis, MN)

Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library (St. Paul, MN)

Memorial Hall Library (Deerfield, MA)

Minnesota Genealogical Society (St. Cloud, MN)

Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (NY)

New York Women In Travel (New York, NY)

Hoffman-LaRoche (Nutley, NJ)

Town of Greenburg (NY) Dept. of Parks & Recreation Senior Ctr.

Friends of Robesonia (PA) Public Library

Yorkville Luncheon Club (New York, NY)

Borders Book Shop (Stamford, CT)

Wellington Literary Club (West Palm Beach, FL)

Delray Beach (FL) Hadassah

National Council of Jewish Women (Vienna, VA)

National Assoc. of Printers and Lithographers (St. Petersburg, FL)

Ocean County Public Library (Toms River, NJ)

Congregation B'nai B'rith Zion (Key West, FL)

Ithaca Reform Temple, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Melton Center for Jewish Studies, Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

New Rochelle Hadassah (New Rochelle, NY)

92nd Street Y (New York, NY)

Sons of Norway (Minneapolis, MN)

Women's American ORT (San Francisco, CA)

Palm Beach County Genealogical Society (West Palm Beach, FL)

& many, many senior citizen centers and nursing homes.


A few reviews of the Ellis Island: The Golden Door slide lecture:


"Thanks for your terrific program....The evaluations we received were overwhelmingly positive, and several people asked me if we'll have you back again. It's a fascinating and informative show you've put together." --THE FRIENDS OF THE SAINT PAUL PUBLIC LIBRARY

"Your slide presentation was enjoyable as well as informative. It brought back many fond memories for our participants." --JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE GREATER PALM BEACHES (FL)

"Thank you for your great contribution...It was our best turnout for a summer meeting due, in no small part, to the draw of your lecture." --MINNESOTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY



For full information about these slide lectures, contact


Tom Bernardin
Post Office Box 1267
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113

(212) 229-0202
Email: ellisbook@aol.com