Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced this morning that starting July 4th, the crown of the Statue of Liberty will be open to visitors again, and the Baggage and Dormitory Building at Ellis Island, built in 1908 to house immigrants waiting for further processing, will be restored.
The press release
has lots more on this history there, as well as the role of the National Parks Service under DOI. The Secretary was there this morning:
(Maria Burks, commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor, and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar make their way to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Photo credit Tami Heilemann, DOI)