Sandy-Damaged Ellis Island Reopens Next Week

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Ellis Island will be open to visitors again on Monday, which is the 127th anniversary of the dedication of recently reopened Statue of Liberty, and almost exactly a year since the building's boilers and electrical systems were flooded by Hurricane Sandy. Before the storm, the museum's artifacts were put into storage in Maryland, and they'll remain there as work continues to protect the building from more harsh weather. The repairs and upgrades probably won't be completed until the spring, but in the meantime people will be able to tour the Great Hall and the main floor of the immigration museum – as long as the federal government manages to stay open.