The United States Immigration Station on Angel Island opened its doors January 21, 1910. It replaced an overcrowded two-story shed at the Pacific Mail Steamship Company wharf in San Francisco.

The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, in conjunction with the California State Parks and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will commemorate the opening of the immigration station with a program on January 21, 2010, from 10 a.m. to Noon at Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.

The program will feature:

  • A naturalization ceremony for 100 new U.S. citizens, with the Oath of Allegiance to be administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, himself an immigrant from Cuba
  • Congratulatory messages from federal, state and local officials
  • California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman
  • San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar
  • Past and present San Francisco poet laureates Diane DiPrima and Janice Mirikitani
  • Buck Gee, President of the Angel Island Immigration Station Board of Directors
  • Eddie Wong, Executive Director of the Angel Island Immigration Station

If you plan to attend, RSVP to AIISF at 415-262-4433 or email

This was originally posted at Special thanks to Grant Din for bringing to my attention.