History of the Hot Dog Exhibit at Ellis Island

Well, hot dog! Hebrew National, Nathan’s Famous, Sabrett, Vienna Beef, & Walter’s are all featured in the museum through July 2017.

Five famous hot dog families, that you’ve likely heard of if you’re a fan of street meat, are currently being showcased at an often-visited New York landmark. Through the end of July—which is National Hot Dog Month—Nathan’s, Sabrett, Walter’s, Hebrew National, and Vienna Beef are part of a limited exhibit at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration that’s all about the history of the hot dog in America.

These iconic names in the hot dog industry were chosen because they’ve got something in common…each of their companies was founded by an immigrant who came through Ellis Island. To further celebrate the hot dog, Evelyn Hill Inc., the concessionaire at Ellis Island, will serve signature hot dogs made famous by each of the five families.

hot dog history pic
History on each hot dog family. Read!

On opening day of the exhibit, the media (myself included), was invited to Ellis Island for a ribbon cutting ceremony, and for early morning indulgence, as each company was on hand serving up their famed franks, not just to media, but to everyone that hopped off the Ellis Island Ferry.

Here are some photos from a historic day of hot dogs, and a peek at the exhibit!

If you’re interested in visiting Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty, please visit: www.nps.gov/stli









Aww, yeah! This is what I grew up eating a lot of, Nathan’s! Love that slightly spicy mustard!
Sniped my friend, Amy Sowder doing her writer thing 🙂


So legit. Beef, veal, & pork blend.



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