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Explore - Angel Island State Park's Immigration Station

Historically called the “Guardian of the Western Gate” this U.S. Immigration Station was built to detain immigrants.

The walls of the detention barracks at the US Immigration Station, Angel Island are filled with poetry, written and carved by immigrants expressing their feelings of frustration, anger, and hope.

Historically called the “Guardian of the Western Gate” by staff, the U.S. Immigration Station, second in size only to Ellis Island in New York, was built to enforce immigration laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act. People from over 80 countries, were detained on Angel Island between 1910-1940, the largest groups were immigrants from China, Japan, Russia, and India.

Explore our program offerings and teacher resources below to discover how to connect with Angel Island State Park.

This program is fully booked for the 2020-2021 school year but you can still connect with us!

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Teacher Resources

Discover the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Listen to artist and former Angel Island detainee Tyrus Wong’s Story!

Comb through the growing archive of personal stories of immigrants to the Pacific Coast.

Discover curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school to explore the history and culture of Angel Island.

Learn more with Angel Island FlipGrid Topics!

Travel through our 360 Tour of of the US Immigration Station!

The Untold Story of Chinese Restaurants in America.

Previous Broadcasts

Learn more about Angel Island's Supporters!

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) raises awareness of the experience of Immigration into America through the Pacific.

Angel Island Conservancy (AIC) is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with Angel Island State Park and California State Parks to facilitate the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historical and natural resources on Angel Island.