The Statue of Liberty
1865- Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi proposes the Statue of Liberty at a dinner party in Paris.
1876- Construction begins on the statue. The completed hand and torch is sent to U.S. for display at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia held on August 14.
1883- Work on the pedestal begins on Bedloe's Island, a small island in New York harbor.
1886- The statue is completed. A formal unveiling and dedication ceremony is held on October 28. 1903- Words from Emma Lazarus' poem "The New Colossus are added to the base of the statue.
1916- The stairway inthe right arm is closed to the public for safety reasons.
1924- The Statue of Liberty is declared a national monument.
1936- Lady Liberty gets restored and rededicated in honor of her 50th birthday.
1956- Bedloe's Island is renamed Liberty Island.
1984- Work begins on a two-year, $70 million renovation of the statue.
1986- The renovation is completed and the statue is rededicated during Liberty Weekend, July 3-7.
Facts about Lady Liberty
The 25 windows on her crown represent the earth's 25 "natural minerals. The 7 spikes on her crown stand for the 7 seas and the 7 continents.
The chains under her feet represent liberty crushing the chains of slavery.
She has an alternate entrance located on the sole of her right foot.
Her sandal is 25' long, that's a woman'ssize 879!
You must climb 354 steps, or 22 stories, to reach the crown.
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