A National Symbol
Before the Statue of Liberty sat on Liberty Island, people
from other countries would arrive by boat and dock here. If they wanted
to become a citizen of the United States, they would have to pass a series
of tests before becoming a citizen.
Sometimes 10,000 people would file through
this space in 24 hours.
Millions of Americans made the United States the most multi-nation
in the World. Ellis Island was opened from 1892-1954 to immigrates who wanted
to make America their home. During this time, 12 million immigrates were
This is the registration building as it looks today.
The immigrants were required to pass a series of medical
and legal questions before entering America. If they did not pass, they
were sent back home on a boat that would look very much like this one.
The Statue of Liberty now stands in New York Harbor on
Ellis Island. A French sculptor, Frederic Bartholdi, had the idea of creating
this statue as a thank you to the United States for helping France fight
He thought that when immigrants came to America, Ellis
Island would be a good place to place a statue to welcome all visitors.
This is the statue that he created in the likeness of his Mother.
What would you see if you visited the Statue today?
If you are lucky enough to arrive on one of the rare days
that the elevator is working, you will be whisked to the top of the 156
foot pedestal in no time. Otherwise, you will find yourself climbing up
endless stairs, first to the top of the pedestal, and then, using an ever-narrowing
staircase, the 12 floors to the statue's crown. (Visitors are no longer
allowed to go up to the torch.) You may be weary, but the thrill of peering
out the tiny portholes at New York make the trip well worthwhile. You will
learn fun facts at the museum, such as shy she's green. She is green because
the statue's shell is copper which oxidizes when exposed to the air and
its pollutants. The 7 points of her crown represent the seven seas and the
seven continents. The Statue of Liberty is 151 feet tall. That makes her
the tallest statue of modern times.
Getting into the statue itself is free, but
to get to Liberty Island,you will have to pay $7.00. ($5.00 for seniors
and $3.00 for children ages 3-17) for the ferry.
to the Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty Facts
Ellis Island Experience
(students assume immigrant identities)
I hope that you have learned something new about the Statue
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