A poster advertising a San Francisco art gallery’s exhibition about the Chinese experience at Angel Island, 1976.
The exhibition advertised in this poster was held during a time when the public became interested in the history of the immigration station. After World War II, Angel Island Immigration Station buildings were no longer used and fell into disrepair. The California Department of Parks and Recreation took over the island in 1963. In 1970, a state park ranger rediscovered the poems written on the walls and contacted local experts to research and document them. Asian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area formed a committee to preserve the immigration station’s history. In July 1976, a few months after this exhibition closed, the State of California dedicated $250,000 to preserve the immigration station as a state monument.