Phillipsburg Middle/High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Phillipsburg Middle/High School, Phillipsburg, KS

Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg High/Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Participants: Ashlyn Cole, Gabe Lamb, Pricila McKibbin

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Title: Freedom!

Theme: Who Am I? Personal connection to immigration or migration.

Materials and techniques: Paper, markers, yarn, colored pencil, paint

About: The Chinese and Irish immigrants built the railroad. The railroad made it easier to travel. The railroad also made it faster to get from one place to another. It was a way to find your families too. Immigrants built the railroad to get to places faster.

Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Participants: Chantel Anderson, Konner Roth, Jordyn Wisinger

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Title: Midwest Wagon

Theme: Who Am I? Personal connection to immigration or migration.

Materials and techniques: Paper, colored pencils, collage, watercolor

About: Many American immigrants used covered wagons to travel in the mid
nineteenth century. Most travelers were heading west in search of free land. Owning more land meant more space for farming. These families would live off of the benefits of farming. Many of these farms still exist in the Midwest today where we live.

Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg High/Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Participants: Tyler Martin, Abbey Hoover, Alex Mosiman

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Title: Hope For a Better Life

Theme: Who Am I? Personal connection to immigration or migration.

Materials and techniques: Paper, oil pastels

About: The Statue of Liberty was a sign of hope to immigrants. The immigrants would go to Ellis island to reunite with family members. When immigrants saw the Statue of Liberty they had faith and hope in themselves. The Statue of Liberty was also a sign of Freedom. The 12 million immigrants thought of the Statue of Liberty as a mother. The immigrants thought the Statue of Liberty was a sign that their long journey was over and they started a new life.

Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg High/Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Participant: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Title: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor

Theme: Who Am I? Personal connection to immigration or migration.

Materials and techniques: Paper, pen and ink, ink wash, acrylic paint

About: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”
This part of a poem by Emma Lazarus on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty brings to mind an old black and white photograph of what I think is my great-great grandfather in Nebraska. He is posed in a field of dirt with a hoe or pitchfork. As one of the masses of tired and poor looking for a better life, he and his brothers came from Germany through Ellis Island. They would have seen her standing in the harbor, waiting for them, welcoming them. When I try to imagine what they must have felt a lump forms in my throat. The Statue of Liberty was never intended to be a symbol for immigration, however, if someone was asked to come up with one they would be hard pressed to suggest anything more fitting.

Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Participants: Cha’ron Ellis, Brittaney Wood

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Title: Flags in a Flag

Theme: Who Am I? Personal connection to immigration or migration.

Materials and techniques: Paper, colored pencil, marker

About: We decided to draw a flag made up of some of the different countries that people immigrated to the United States from. It is important because it shows that even though we came from all over we are now one. The flags are India, Germany, Dutch, Sweden, and Italy all inside the American flag. In the background of our picture we drew grass, clouds, and the sun. We drew those things because they represent happiness.

Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Participants: Kylie Solida, Tyce Jerby, Brayden Darling

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Title: Where to Find Freedom

Theme: Who Am I? Personal connection to immigration or migration.

Materials and techniques: Paper, oil pastels, material, yarn, tissue paper, marker

Did your group enjoy working on the project? Yes, the group enjoyed working on this project.

About: Our picture represents people, like our ancestors, looking over the water from Ellis Island at their future life. They are anxiously waiting to be in the United States and thinking about where they will live, in Kansas or Nebraska, in the country or in the city, and hoping the new life will be better for their family. Their future is there waiting for them.

Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS
Created by Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Participants: Natalie Conner, Zack Johnson, Kabir Bhakta

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Title: Waiting for Freedom

Theme: Who Am I? Personal connection to immigration or migration.

Materials and techniques: Paper, colored pencil

About: Our project is about how the steamship was used to transport immigrants from different counties to America. The people in the ship who were traveling were brave. The third class was crowded because a lot of people wanted freedom and a better life. When they entered the U.S.A. They were checked and if they didn’t have any diseases or legal problems they entered the country. They were held back or sent back if there were problems. That’s why we choose the steamship because it tells you all about what immigrants had to do to get to a new life.

Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Participants: Kristen Wells, Haven Bleavins

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Title: The Transcontinental Railroad and Immigration

Theme: Who Am I? Personal connection to immigration or migration.

Materials and techniques: Paper, marker, cotton

Did your group enjoy working on the project? Yes, we enjoyed working on this project.

About: The railroad was very important in immigration times. Lots of people rode the trains from Ellis Island. Immigrants built the rails for the trains. Trains made it easy for people to travel. Many families took the trains so they could stick together. The railroad is important because it helps people, it’s easier to travel, and lots of people used it. Many towns, like where we live, were built up because of the railroad. The railroad is still used today.

Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Created by Phillipsburg Middle School, Phillipsburg, KS

Participants: Autumn Turner, Tristan Byrd, Ericka Hankinson

Teacher: Mrs. Peterson-Shea

Title: The Ellis Island Medical Exam

Theme: Who Am I? Personal connection to immigration or migration.

Materials and techniques: Paper, marker, collage, paint

About: The doctors at Ellis Island made a system to identify the immigrants who needed medical attention. The first exam was a six second exam. The doctors look for mental illness or diseases of any kind. If any of the immigrants had an illness they were marked on with a piece of chalk. The immigrants that were marked had to be sent back or were kept there for farther treatment. The immigrants that didn’t get marked were ready to start their new lives. They had a whole new feature waiting for them to live.