Who is included, who is excluded, and why? This question is pertinent to all museums—especially when it comes to collecting and exhibition practices—but it is especially relevant when the museum is a restored immigration station. This article explores the history of Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and how the island’s history as the “Ellis Island of the Pacific” relates to other gatekeeping practices in the United States, specifically along the United States-Mexico border.
By: Emily Butts, CAM Fellow; MA Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin
Click here to see a recording of Emily's webinar presentation on this topic.