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Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the people of the United States from the people of France in the late 19th century in recognition of the friendship that was established during the American Revolution. French sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi was commissioned to design a sculpture which was to be completed by 1876 to mark the Centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. Due to delays in funding the statue arrived in New York Harbor on June 17, 1885.

The people of the United States were to build the base, and the French were responsible for the statue and its assembly in the States. Both sides struggled to raise the needed funds. In France, public donations, various forms of entertainment and a lottery were among the methods used to raise the 2,250,000 francs needed. While in America, theatrical events, art exhibitions, auctions and prize fights were a means to help raise needed funds.

Despite this, fund raising for the pedestal was going particularly slowly. In an effort to galvanize support, the noted journalist Joseph Pulitzer used his newspaper to criticize the public for it's lack of enthusiasm for the project. His campaign was successful in helping to motivate the American people to contribute. And eventually the necessary funds had been secured.

The statue rests majestically in New York Harbor. She has been a symbol of freedom and opportunity to immigrants and visitors entering America for well over a century.

How to get there:

You can buy your tickets for the ferry online. http://www.statuecruises.com/
Statue Cruises Ferry Ticket Prices: Adults $12; Senior Citizens (62+) $10; Children (4-12) $5; Children 3 and under free.

There is food and beverages for sale on Liberty Island. You can also bring your own picnics and take advantage of the grassy areas around the island.

Useful links:

http://www.statueofliberty.org/

http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings
/Statue_of_Liberty.html

Statue of Liberty map

Statue of Liberty - Facts and Information

There are seven rays on her crown, one for each of the seven continents.

Sculptor:   Frederic Auguste Bartholdi
Structural Engineer: Gustave Eiffel

Height: 151′ 5″ (on a 154’ base)

Construction of the Statue began in France:1875
Statue completed in Paris: June 1884
Statue dismantled (350 pieces) and shipped to US aboard the French frigate "Isere": Early 1885
Reassembly in United States completed on October 28, 1886.

Location of Statue: Liberty Island, formerly Bedloe's Island and Fort Wood
(fortress for protection  of New York Harbor 1811)

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There is year round daily tour service to
the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
 
Up close look at Lady Liberty.
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The Statue of Liberty stands majestically in New York Harbor.

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