My colleague Andrew recently showed me photographs of his trip to New York City earlier this year. The trip included a visit to the Statue of Liberty. Looking at these photographs, I was reminded of the public celebrations for the Statue’s centenary in 1986. Back then, I was living in New York City, had participated in the public celebrations, and watched the fireworks display on July 4th from the South Street Seaport, along with thousands of people from around the world.
When the Statue first arrived in the United States, from France, President Grover Cleveland had placed it under the administration of the U.S. Lighthouse Board, which was established in 1852. Subsequently, the Statue of Liberty was designated a National Monument in 1924 by President Coolidge, under the authority provided by the Antiquities Act, 34 Stat. 225. In 1933, President Roosevelt transferred responsibility for the Statue, and other national monuments, to the National Park Service, which still oversees the Statue and Liberty Island today.
From a distance, or close up, she is a spectacular sight that has graced New York and welcomed visitors to our shores for over 130 years. Enjoy!