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Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design a sculpture in 1876 to commemorate the centennial of the American Declaration of Independence. The Statue was a joint effort between America and France and it was agreed upon that the American people were to build the pedestal, and the French people were responsible for the Statue and its assembly here in the United States. However, lack of funds was a problem on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In France, public fees, various forms of entertainment, and a lottery were among the methods used to raise funds. In the United States, benefit theatrical events, art exhibitions, auctions and prize fights assisted in providing needed funds.
Financing for the pedestal was completed in August 1885, and pedestal construction was finished in April of 1886. The Statue was completed in France in July, 1884 and arrived in New York Harbor in June of 1885 on board the French frigate "Isere" which transported the Statue of Liberty from France to the United States. In transit, the Statue was reduced to 350 individual pieces and packed in 214 crates. The Statue was re-assembled on her new pedestal in four months time. On October 28th 1886, the dedication of the Statue of Liberty took place in front of thousands of spectators. She was a centennial gift ten years late.
- Pros:Patience is a virtue here.
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- In a nutshell:From our ancestors eyes to yours!
The Statue of Liberty was inaugurated on October 28th, 1886 by then President Grover Cleveland who accepted her on... more travel advice
Height from top of base to torch 151'1"/46.05m Ground to tip of torch 305'1"/92.99m Heel to top of head... more travel advice
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