On June 17th, 1885 the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. It was a gift of friendship from the French. It was created to serve as a tribute to America’s victory over the British in the American Revolution. The Statue of Liberty was designed by French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, who modeled it after his mother! Here are some other amazing facts about this beautiful American landmark:
-Lady Liberty measures 111 feet, 1 inch from her heels to the top of her head.
-The statue weighs 225 tons or 450,000 pounds.
-In 1885, the statue was shipped from France in 350 individual pieces packed in over 200 containers!
-Her crown has seven spikes, which represent the seven continents and the seven seas. There are also 25 windows in her crown that people may look out of when visiting.
-The French contributed $250,000 to the making of the Statue of Liberty. That would be about $5.5 million today.
-When the wind blows at 50 miles per hour or more, the statue sways up to three inches, while the torch bends up to five inches!
-Watch a live streaming view of New York Harbor from the Statue of Liberty’s torch!
Check out some of these books about Lady Liberty from the library:
Lady Liberty: a Biography by Doreen Rappaport
Liberty’s Journey by Kelly DiPucchio
Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who: The Stories Behind Some of America’s Patriotic Symbols by Teresa Bateman
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Worker on the Statue of Liberty: A Monument You’d Rather Not Build by John Malam