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All About Liberty & Ellis Island

Everything You Need to Know

A Journey into the rich history of America.

Experience two of the Nation’s most significant icons.

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The height of the pedestal stands at 27 meters (89 feet) tall

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In the left hand of the Statue of Liberty she carries a tablet evoking the law and is inscribed in Roman Numerals with the date of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776)

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The seven spikes on the crown represent the seven oceans and seven continents of the world.

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The torch that the Statue of Liberty holds in her right hand symbolizes enlightenment. The statue’s official name is Liberty ‘Enlightening the World’. The torch was replaced in 1986 with a copper flame covered with 24K gold.

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The Statue of Liberty weighs 225 tons, which equals 450,000 pounds.

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The exterior colour of the Statue of Liberty is 3/32 thick which is equivalent to the thickness of two pennies. The colour stems from patina, which is the result from the change of colour in copper.

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There are 154 steps from the pedestal to the crown.

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The Statue if Liberty faces Southeast which was strategically placed at Fort Wood. The statue’s position was perfect for ships entering the harbor.

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Statue of Liberty National Monument on Liberty Island

The Statue of Liberty is a universal symbol for freedom given to the United States on October 28, 1886 as a gift from the people of France. The statue was designed by Frederick Bartholdi, a French sculptor, and framed by Gustave Eiffel, the same gentleman who designed the Eiffel Tower. Today, the statue is visited by millions of people a year and continues to remain an icon for freedom as well as a welcoming symbol to immigrants arriving to America.

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  • The statue has an iron infrastructure and a copper exterior which has turned green over time due to oxidation.
  • Lady Liberty wears a size 879 shoe and a 35ft waistline.
  • The seven spikes on Lady Liberty’s crown represent the seven continents and oceans of the world.  
  • 300 different hammers were used to create the copper structure.
  • The Statue celebrated its 130th birthday on October 28, 2016.
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The wall is the only place in the United States where an individual can honor his or her family member. The wall currently features 700,000 names situated outside of the Great Hall at Ellis Island.

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Did You Know? The number of immigrants exceeded expectations when Ellis Island thought only half a million immigrants would come to the island in a year, however in 1907 more than 1 million immigrants arrived.

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Between 1924 and 1958, Ellis Island was only used a detention center for immigration and not used the same way

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Many females who entered Ellis Island alone were detained because they were risked for not finding family relatives or to support themselves.

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The American Family Immigration History Center allows visitors to access 25 million records.

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Ellis Island 

Ellis Island, also known as the ‘Island of Hope and Tears’, was the largest gateway for millions of immigrants looking for a new beginning and a new life for their families in America. Ellis Island was once America’s busiest immigration station that operated for over 62 years (1892 until 1954) and saw millions of people from around the world.

Today, Ellis Island Immigration Museum Wall of Honor hosts 700,000 names inscribed on the wall of many who once passed through the island. Million of visitors travel to the island by Statue Cruises to explore one of America’s greatest historical sites. 

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  • It has been estimated that close to 40% of all current US citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.
  • The first person admitted to the Ellis Island Immigration Station was Annie Moore on January 1, 1892. 
  • Many famous figures passed through Ellis Island such as Bob Hope, Max Factor, Sigmund Freud and Charlie Chaplin.
  • Ellis Island was a Coast Guard training facility during WW2.
  • For just 30 cents, an immigrant could purchase bread, cheese, sausage and lemonade at the concession stand on the island.
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