Happy Birthday, Lady Liberty

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.

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