The Statue of Liberty was presented by the people of France to the people of the United States in 1886 to honor the friendship between the two nations. Today, it is recognized as a symbol of liberty throughout the world.
The Statue of Liberty National Monument is one park that is comprised of Liberty Island (where the Statue is located) and Ellis Island, the historical federal immigration processing center.
Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island became the nation's premier federal immigration station. In operation until 1954, the station processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers. The main building was restored after 30 years of abandonment and opened as a museum on September 10, 1990.Today, over 40 percent of America's population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island.
It was established as a national monument in 1924 and placed under the management of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1933. It underwent an extensive $86 million renovation, just in time for the Statue's 100th birthday in 1986. More than 5 million people visit the statue each year.
For 91 years, the NPS has endeavored to preserve America's parklands for generations to come. The NPS and concessioner Evelyn Hill, the concessioner, work to provide everything you may need for a memorable visit. This American Park Network guide to the Statue of Liberty is provided to enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of the monument.
Located on a 12 acre island, the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.
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Nowhere else on earth is there a symbol that expresses the concept and ideals of personal freedom as dramatically as the Statue of Liberty.
Perhaps it is fitting that hundreds of thousands of ordinary people on both sides of the Atlantic contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to her construction and that millions more contributed millions of dollars to ensure her continued existence.
The Statue of Liberty may have been created by the genius of a few visionaries, but the concept she represents speaks to the minds and resonates in the hearts of ordinary men and women everywhere.
Size and Weight: Statue: 151 feet tall, nearly 225 tons, copper over steel. Pedestal: 89 feet tall, granite.
Designers: FrÃ©dÃ©ric-Auguste Bartholdi, born in Colmar, France, in 1834. The interior iron framework was designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, also designer of the Eiffel Tower. The statue's pedestal was designed by American architect Richard Morris Hunt.
Exhibit: A permanent exhibit in the museum at the base of the statue details the statue's origin and construction as well as the story of her evolution into an international symbol of liberty.
Temperature at Ellis Island and in New York Harbor can vary greatly from 0 degrees in Winter to over 100 degrees with high humidity in Summer.