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Lady Liberty arrives!

by: 
Rachel, Golden Library

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