While we were still living in NYC, the Bronx to be more precise, my mother and sister came to visit us so of course I wanted to show them some of the many sights in NY. After we had seen Rockefeller Center, the United Nations, the Sears Tower, Times Square, the Bronx Zoo, and Saint Patrick’s cathedral, we set out to see the Statue of Liberty, saving the best for last. We made this an all-day event, packing a lunch and taking it along.
We first boarded the subway then the Staten Island Ferry but when we arrived the line was huge. We waited and waited and waited.
My baby boy was actually a baby then and I was breast feeding, so while standing in line he began to cry. I retrieved a baby blanket from the diaper bag and fed him incognito as we waited. What’s a mom to do? There is a line, referred to as the security line, and you have to wait your turn. If we had left we would have had to start all over. As it was we waited hours and my mother and sister were very tired of standing so they decided to be content with seeing the outside as we read our brochures and enjoyed the ferry ride back to the subway and home. If I ever go back to NY I will plan ahead and buy one of the planned trip tickets. Going on the spur of the moment is definitely not a good idea.
Fascinating tidbits about the Statue of Liberty:
- The face of the statue is said to resemble Charlotte, the mother of the sculptor. The design is modeled after art found in ancient Greek and Rome.
- In 1876 the original torch was first created. It is now located in the lobby of the monument so you can see it there.
- The torch we now see was constructed in 1984 of copper and covered in 24K gold leaf. A flood light is used at night to illuminate it.
- The Statue of Liberty was originally transported to the U.S. on the French ship “Isere”. The statue’s 300 copper pieces was packed in 214 crates and nearly sank the ship. It arrived in New York on June 17, 1985.
- It took almost a year to complete its assembly.
- Her crown represents the light she sheds on seven seas and continents.
- Look at the bottom of our lady’s robe and you will notice a broken chain. The broken chain symbolizes freedom; freedom from oppression and servitude.
- She has been referred to as the Roman Goddess of Liberty.
- The tablet she holds is inscribed with the Roman Numerals “July 4, 1776” representing American freedom, law and justice. ~ paraphrased from the Statue of Liberty Exhibit text.
Many thanks go to…
If we were having an award ceremony and the Statue of Liberty stood up to give her acceptance speech she would have to give thanks to these following people for their contribution to her existence:
- The idea and creation began with Edouard de Laboulaye.
- Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi sculpted and designed the monument.
- A newspaper publisher and a poetess joined forces to help raise money for the statue’s completion. Their names were Joseph Pulitzer and Emma Lazarus.
- Two men were responsible for the construction of the pedestal. Richard Morris Hunt a famous American architect designed the pedestal and Charles P. Stone was the chief engineer.
- Eugene Viollet-le-Duc and Alexandri-Gustave Eiffel were responsible for creating a worthy support structure.
- The many different agencies that overseen her car including The U.S. Lighthouse Board, the War Department and the National Park Service.
Who can tell me what the inscription says?
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
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This post was written by Judy Sheldon-Walker.