I am currently working on an edit for a short video we are doing for the new Peopling of America exhibit at the Ellis Island National Monument. The exhibit opened in October of 2011 and was designed by ESI Design. I had never visited Ellis Island prior to this project, so I can't speak for the previous exhibit, but I can say that the "Peopling" exhibit is worth the visit. The exhibit does a great job of presenting the history of those arriving/leaving America both before and after Ellis Island. One of the great things about the "Peopling" exhibit is that it shifts the focus of the museum to a more comprehensive history of immigration to America, instead of just focusing on the 1892 to 1924 era. The infographics on display are informative at a micro and macro level, you get a feeling of both global and local immigration patterns. The exhibit is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily, so go learn something.
Stay tuned for the video.