Thursday, June 17, 2010

Speak Softly And Carry A BIG Torch...

I don't intend to turn this into a history blog, but some things are just too cool to not mention, and history is a passion of mine, so:

"Liberty Enlightening the World", more commonly known as The Statue of Liberty, arrived in New York harbor on this day in 1885.

Designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bertholdi and given to the American people as a gift from France, she arrived in over 200 packing crates, the world's largest jigsaw puzzle.

She was unpacked and reassembled on Bedloe's Island in New York, with the final rivet fit into place on October 28, 1886 in a dedication ceremony presided over by president Grover Cleveland.

Six years later, adjacent Ellis Island became the main point of entry for immigrants into the United States. For the next three decades, the Statue of Liberty became a sign to millions of immigrants that they had reached America.

A great many of us can flip back the pages of our story in America and find the opening chapters here.

As I said, I'm a history geek, and I file this information under "neat".

Thanks for reading my ranting,


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