New York: Inspiring Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
January 23, 2016 Leave a comment
The Statue of Liberty is magnificent close up! It was a gift from the people of France in 1886. Unless you visit, you may not realize that she has broken shackles of tyranny at her feet and she is stepping forward to freedom. Miss Liberty has 7 points on her crown to signify each of the 7 continents. She holds a torch to light the way, and her tablet is inscribed with the American Declaration of Independence (dated July 4, 1776). Because of deterioration, the original torch was replaced in 1986 – just in time for the centennial celebration. The new torch is covered with thin sheets of 24K gold leaf. Live views from the Torch Cams are at: http://www.nps.gov/stli/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm. The original 1886 torch has been restored and now sits on display in the museum in the statue’s base pedestal. The width of the copper exterior of Miss Liberty is less than 2 pennies thick. The copper’s green patina results from weathering and acts as a protective coating. Her official name is “Liberty Enlightening the World”. She is iconic in America, and an inspiring monument to freedom and hope to people around the world! If you would like to visit, more info is at: http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm.
Miss Liberty was the first thing over 12 million immigrants saw when they came to America and passed through Ellis Island between 1892-1954. The main building has been restored beautifully (1984-1990) into the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. If you would like to research your own family history by searching the free passenger archives at Ellis Island, go to: http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger.