The Statue of Liberty was formally unveiled at her dedication ceremony 126 years ago today. Since then Lady Liberty has proudly stood as a symbol of hope and freedom.
The following are books I have enjoyed using to share this amazing monument and its historical significance with my students:
The Story of the Statue of Liberty, by Betsy Maestro
Lady Liberty: A Biography, by Doreen Rappaport
Coming to America: The Story of Immigration, by Betsy Maestro
Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty, by Linda Glaser
Many people were involved in making this visual representation of friendship and freedom a reality. From Edouard de Laboulaye (the “Father of the Statue of Liberty” who first proposed the idea of the monument) to others like Richard Morris Hunt (the pedestal designer) and Joseph Pulitzer (the newspaper publisher who helped raise the necessary funding), this was truly a group effort. You can read more about those involved with the project here.
Curious to know more? Check out these videos at History.com and view this Smithsonian blog to see how the statue has been memorialized by the United States Postal Service over the years.
- create your own mini statue – from PaperToys.com
- coloring and other activity pages
- video and activities about the Statue of Liberty and other New York City geographical information here