New York, NY, August 12, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- “From disembarkation to medical inspection to entrance into the land of opportunity (or, for the unlucky or politically unpalatable few, deportation back home), Hannah Murray’s Ellis Island shows this place as the hopeful immigrants who arrived here experienced it,” stated Michael Carroll, co-founder of Crimson Bamboo, the creator of the Rama app. “The tour recreates on your iPhone the history of this point of entry for the aspiring immigrants to whom over 40% of Americans trace their ancestry.”
Ellis Island is the sequel to Murray’s Land of Liberty tour, which captures the history and idealism behind the construction of the nearby Statue of Liberty. For $1.99 this tour continues to explore the theme of distinctive sites symbolic for Americans and their heritage, and the stories of the thousands of individuals who left the Old World for the New. It is illustrated with thought provoking and evocative contemporary archival photographs.
“I have been captivated by Ellis Island ever since I visited New York nine years ago,” explained Murray, who has previously worked as a volunteer at the Benjamin Franklin House in London, as well as at the British Museum. She describes history as her passion above all others and will shortly be taking a Masters degree in Public History at Royal Holloway. “I have studied the immigrant experience at university and the impact that it had on American society is what drew me to Ellis Island – the myth of an inclusive environment is somewhat dented by the restriction of Asian and eastern European immigrants, however. Photographs from the early 1920s show immigrants in detention pens, waiting to be sent back home, a part of Ellis Island which has been downplayed in contrast to the thousands leaving its shores to pursue the American Dream -- a life which, for some, was never that smooth in reality.”
“Ellis Island is the eighth Rama tour produced by Past Preservers and an excellent follow-up to Hannah’s other popular tour, Land of Liberty,” reported Nigel Hetherington, CEO and founder of Past Preservers. “Over 100 more tours are on their way and we are always interested in finding new and creative authors to join our happy band of writers.”
Rama can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/iTunesRama and was named as one of the ten best new travel apps by BBC Travel in 2010. Author info packs can be requested by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.