With so many of our national parks closed due to the government shutdown, I thought it might be nice to take a look at some of them. On October 28, 1886 the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland. It was designed by French Sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Amazing photographs.
Then, "On October 15, 1924, a Presidential Proclamation declared Fort Wood (and the Statue of Liberty within it) a National Monument which set the monument's boundary at the outer edge of Fort Wood. In 1933, the care and administration of the National Monument was transferred to the National Park Service. On September 7, 1937, jurisdiction was enlarged to encompass all of Bedloe's Island."
Bedloe's Island was renamed Liberty Island in 1956.
The island held an army settlement, Fort Wood, and a small number of military families who lived there full time. Dan Perkins, the son of Major Clell Perkins who was assigned to Fort Wood, wrote a remembrance of his childhood at that place.
The Statue itself is full of symbolism added by Bartholdi.
25 windows in the crown representing gemstones found on the earth and the heaven's rays shining over the world. The seven rays of the Statue's crown represent the seven seas and continents of the world. The tablet which the Statue holds in her left hand reads (in Roman numerals) "July 4th, 1776." the date of American Independence.
The torch was the first part of the statue to be constructed.
This is also from the 1930's. Look at the markings on the ground.
Back to today, the Statue of Liberty was closed by the National Park Service as part of the shutdown but thanks to an agreement with the State of New York, Liberty Island and the statue it will be open to visitors for six days, from Sun., Oct. 13 through Fri., Oct. 18. Ferry tickets are available from Statue Cruises. Ellis Island remains closed at this time.