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Belgian Red Star Line Museum

The Belgian Red Star Line Museum is looking for emigrant photographs, memorabilia and stories (1873-1934, Antwerp to New York)
for their opening exhibit in 2012

Between 1873 and 1934 the legendary shipping company Red Star Line transported more than two million passengers to America. Poor European emigrants in search of the American Dream, but also affluent passengers traveling for business or pleasure left for New York. They departed from the Belgian port city of Antwerp, where the Red Star Line warehouses were located.

To this day, the Red Star Line warehouses are preserved. For many passengers they represented the last stop on the European mainland. It was there that, just before their departure, the emigrants traveling in third class underwent a medical examination while clerks scrutinized their documents.

The Red Star Line buildings are protected monuments. They are part of the communal memory of countless new Americans.  They had long been standing empty and were begging for a new purpose. In the spring of 2012, the new Red Star Line Museum | People on the Move will open its doors at this historic location. It will be a place of remembrance, experience, debate and research into international mobility, both past and present. The story of Red Star Line and its passengers will be brought to life once more.

Do you have any old Red Star Line items such as postcards, luggage, diaries or photos? Are there travel stories or objects preserved in the family archives? Maybe you too can contribute to the new museum’s collection. Send an e-mail to redstarline@stad.antwerpen.be or call (+32) 3 206 03 50. Perhaps your family item will find its way into the future museum… All leads are welcome! Thank you.

 

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