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Virtual Field Trip to the Statue of Liberty
Transcript of Virtual Field Trip to the Statue of Liberty
Our Virtual Field Trip
Statue of Liberty
Hop on board the Ferry to cross the New York Harbor where we will travel to the Statue of Liberty. Here you will enjoy the beauty and wonder of this magnificent Statue and find out who gave Lady Liberty to the United States and why. You will discover all the fantastic symbolism Lady Liberty represents and enjoy a short video to round out your experience. So, relax, have fun, and enjoy your virtual field trip!
Why Was The Statue of Liberty Built?
Around 1865, the French historian and president of the Anti-Slavery Society, Edouard de Laboulaye proposed that France create a statue to give to the United States as a symbol of their friendship and common desire for liberty (freedom). Laboulaye hoped the French people would see this gift to the U.S. and they would be inspired to call for democracy in their country which was currently ruled by the oppressive (unfair) monarchy (kingdom) of Napoleon III.
Edouard de Laboulaye
The goal was to design the sculpture in time for the centennial of the Declaration of Independence in 1876. It was decided that the project would be a joint effort between France and U.S. The French people were responsible for the statue and its assembly and the Americans would build the pedestal on which the statue would stand.
Who Built the Statue of Liberty?
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, an Abolitionist and sculptor, created the statue which was originally named Statue Enlightening the World. Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel was the architect and engineer who designed the statues internal supports (Lady Liberty’s bones). Due to the need to raise funds for the statue, work on the sculpture did not begin until 1875.
Frederic August Batholdi
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel
American architect Richard Morris Hunt, designed and built the statue’s pedestal on Bedloe’s Island, off the southern tip of Manhattan in Upper New York Bay. (Bedloe’s Island was renamed Liberty Island in 1956)
Richard Morris Hunt
Dedication of the Statue of Liberty
In 1885, Bartholdi completed the statue, which was disassembled, packed in more than 200 crates, and shipped to New York. Over the next four months, workers reassembled the statue and mounted it on the pedestal; its height reached 305 feet including the pedestal. On October 28, 1886, President Grover Cleveland officially dedicated the Statue of Liberty in front of thousands of spectators.
Millions immigrants passed by the Statue of Liberty on their way to Ellis Island where they would receive permission to enter the United States. These immigrants thought of the Statue of Liberty as a beacon of hope to the start of a new life, free of poverty and oppression.
Start Date: 1875
Dedicated Date: October 28, 1886
Statue Architect and Sculptor: Frederic Auguste Bartholdi
Pedestal Architect and Engineer: Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel
Material: Iron, Steel, Copper
Height of Statue Alone: 151feet
Total Height: 305 feet
What is sculpture made of: Iron, Steel, Copper
Torch stands for Liberty and the light of reason
Tablet stands for the Book of Laws. Inscribed with the Date for the
Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
7 Points on Crown stand for the 7 continents and the 7 seas
25 Windows represent earth’s gem stones: Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire,
Emerald and Alexandrite Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Beryl, Garnet, Onyx,
Moonstone, Peridot, Spinel, Zircon, Carnelian, Turquoise, Topaz, Agate,
Lapis Lazuli, Jade, Chrysoberyl, Tanzanite, Emery, Opal and Amethyst
Lady Liberty faces away from the U.S. looking toward France which
represents an enduring friendship between France and the United States
Broken Shackles (Chains) means freedom
Stepping forward means progress or moving toward the future
She weighs 450,000 pounds!
Her sandals are 25 feet long
Her foot size if 879
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
The Statue of Liberty remains an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy, as well as one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. I hope you enjoyed your tour. Take a few minutes and finish your data sheet if you have not done so. You my click back on any of the links simply by pressing the left back arrow.