Immigration is a real, protracted, and emotionally-laden political and personal conversation happening in the US, in the past, in the now, and in the future. We all come from somewhere. For some, that path is known. For others, that path is speculation, sorrow, mandated or miraculous. War, employment, family… all of these – and many other – reasons that motivate one to set forth, with or without family, into the unknown. This trip will explore the story of immigrants and refugees to the USA, in the 19th and 20th centuries, that came to NYC and then move forward into the “US City of the 20th Century”, Chicago.
Over the Long Winter Weekend, students will explore the stories of those that chose to – or were forced to – leave their homes for the United States. They will travel to Chicago with a one night stop in NYC where they will explore Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. In Chicago, students will visit historic sites and museums while uncovering the many stories of immigration of the 19th and early 20th centuries.