. .with Tom Bernardin, former National Park Service Ellis Island
tour guide, and author/publisher of The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook.
Historical tours of the Ellis Island Museum are offered to groups,
organizations and individuals, including New York harbor, Castle Garden,
Ellis Island, and museum orientation. Also find up-to-date information
on genealogical resources, exhibits and related activities.
Your host and guide is Tom Bernardin, whose association with Ellis
Island began in 1978 as a National Park Service ranger, giving tours of
pre-restoration Ellis Island. His slide-lecture presentation, Ellis
Island-The Golden Door led to the publication of his book, The Ellis
Island Immigrant Cookbook.
Tom is a licensed New York City tour guide and a thirty-seven year resident of
Manhattan, originally hailing from Lawrence (Immigrant City),
Massachusetts. His goal is to provide visitors to Ellis Island and New
York with a memorable, interesting, fun, comfortable and informative
time as we look back to our enlightening past.
Many academic, corporate, cultural,
religious, ethnic, family and school groups have toured
Ellis Island with Tom Bernardin. Here are a few:
•Israeli National Defense College
•St. Anne's School of Annapolis
•University of Rochester
•Chaine des Rotisseurs
•Rondout Valley Middle School, NYS
•Philadelphia Academy Charter School
•Congregation Beth El, Bethesda, MD
•Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
•Vasa Order of America Drott Lodge #168
•Cornell University Medical Center
•Temple Beth Tikvah, Madison, CT
•Amity Club of New Haven, CT
•National Defense University
•Wardsworth Anthenium Museum of Art
•The Conference Board
•United Federation of Teachers
•Women's National Republican Club
•Young Presidents Organization
•United Jewish Appeal
•St. John's University
•American Society of Appraisers
•Cleary, Gottlieb, Stern & Hamilton
•New York State Society of Professional Engineers
•The Leadership Program (New York, New York)
•Urban Land Institute
•Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir (Ft. Worth, Texas)
And many more!
“We girls had a fabulous time in NYC and your personal tour
was on the highlight. Thanks soooo very much. We truly
enjoyed you and the tour.” --K.W.
“I’ve been thinking of you all week! Our entire group loved
the tour, the teens and adults. Your passion for history and
knowledge is contagious. I’ll be in touch when I bring
another group in the future! --G. K., Mishkan Shalom
“Thank you for doing out tour. Every customer we send to you
just raves about the tour!”
--A. E., The Upper Class
“Thank you SO much for leading such a wonderful tour for our
fourth graders last Friday. The information you presented,
the conversations with the students and staff and your
ability to 'go with the flow' with such a large group of
children was simply wonderful. I have never had such
positive feedback from parents or students fro a field trip
before. You have left a lasting impression on my students
and I am grateful you were available to lead our trip!”
--T. M., St. Anne’s School
“On behalf of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic
Preservation, I would like to thank you for the excellent
walking tour of Ellis Island you gave for us this Sunday.
Your impressive knowledge and extensive research of the
area’s history as well as your personal interest in the
history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were
evident in every aspect of the walk, and everyone who
attended gave us nothing but positive feedback.”
inspirational, bringing the buildings to life in a way no
book could ever have done." from The Sun, UK, June
16, 2007. Tour generated article about how
immigration shaped Manhattan's unique neighborhoods.
"There is no better guide than Mr. Ellis
Island himself, Tom Bernardin. After 28 years working there,
there is not a tile or bench that he cannot tell a story
about." --Jane Memmler, Sunday Express, London, UK,
March 25, 2007.
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"Tom was a WONDERFUL host
with tons of pieces of information. Not only was he familiar
with the facts about Ellis Island but he was also more than
willing to answer questions about NYC in general. He brings
years of experience with him and the time that you spend
with him moves much too quickly. For any many times as I
have visited NYC I never made it to Ellis Island, so when my
colleagues indicated they wanted to go I was all for it.
Give yourself time to take in what there is at Ellis Island
because there is so much to learn there. Thank YOU, Tom!!"
-- iMar.com customer
"Tom is a great tour guide.
He is very knowledgeable about Ellis Island and makes the
talk enjoyable. The history is fascinating. The building is
well preserved and full of interesting exhibits. I would
highly recommend the personal tour guide approach." --iMar.com
presentation was enthusiastic and very moving....His work is
a credit to the Park Service, the Department of the
Interior, and to the Federal Government." --Representative
Jonathan Bingham CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
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Tom also does book signings. He was on Liberty Island signing books in a
"Meet the Author" program during summer, 2007.
You don't need to travel so
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For Group Tours, please
contact Tom directly at 212-229-0202 or email him at
Post Office Box 1267
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113
Advance Purchase Required. Tours usually sell out well in advance.