Friday, November 21, 2014
Immigration, 130 Years Ago
With immigration issues being in the forefront of today's news, the United Methodist News Service has shared this story of what Methodist women did in 1915 to welcome strangers at Ellis Island.
"Beginning around 1885, the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City (predecessor of today's United Methodist Women) identified a serious problem. Immigrant women, often traveling alone or with children in tow, arrived on American shores to join their husbands, brothers, fathers or other relatives who had come to the U.S. ahead of them.