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Sunday, April 1, 2007

An Irreplaceable Landmark Needs YOU: Time’s Running Out for the Ellis Island of the Heartland

Old North St. Louis is a community that welcomes newcomers and celebrates diversity. That attitude is alive and well today, but it’s nothing new for the neighborhood that is home to the Mullanphy Emigrant Home, one of the oldest surviving buildings established to serve immigrants regardless of religion or nation of origin. Unfortunately, the irreplaceable historic and cultural landmark may not survive for much longer unless we can secure a significant amount of new contributions or a loan commitment by the end of this week. After further and more extensive storm damage yesterday, the “Ellis Island of the Heartland” is now in even greater danger of collapse. Twenty-five years before Ellis Island opened its doors as a port of entry for immigrants arriving in New York, the Mullanphy Emigrant Home welcomed New Americans to the growing nation’s heartland as they continued their search for a chance to start over. Driven from the homelands of their parents by disease, persecution or economic hardship, many of these individuals settled permanently in the rapidly expanding city of St. Louis. One-hundred-and-forty years later, the specific details of their stories have been lost, but the spirit of perseverance and hope for the future endures in Old North St. Louis.

It’s not too late to save this one-of-a-kind building, barring another demolition order from the city or another gust of wind. All it will take is money – or a commitment of money through personal, corporate or foundation contributions and/or a sizable loan commitment. So, now is the time – once again! – to send what you can and ask your employer, your wealthy relatives, and your favorite charitable foundation to support this worthy cause.

Please click on the “donate” button to the right or give us a call (314-241-5031) to find out more about this urgent effort.

Tax-deductible contributions - of any amount - can be sent to:
“Mullanphy Emigrant Home”

c/o Old North St. Louis Restoration Group
2800 N. 14th Street
St. Louis, MO 63107

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