One day before the Statue of Liberty closes for a year-long, $27.25 million renovation, Lady Liberty will get a last hurrah, with an 28 October celebration marking the 125th anniversary of the statue’s dedication.
At the same
time, New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage is commemorating the anniversary
with a new exhibition on the poet Emma
Lazarus, who composed the statue’s famous plea, “Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, the statue arrived in New York in June
1885, a gift from France to the United States, in recognition of a friendship
dating back to the American Revolution. The 28 October event, organized by the
National Park Service, is invitation-only, but Macy’s will sponsor a fireworks
display at 7:45 pm which will be visible from lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and New
Jersey, as well as from a “torch
cam”. Those who want an inside look at the invitation-only proceedings can
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from 26 October through summer 2012, the Lazarus exhibit will explore
the life and work of the prominent American Jewish poet and her role in the Statue
of Liberty’s history. Objects on display will include a manuscript notebook
with “The New Colossus” – the famous sonnet that was inscribed in 1903 on a plaque
inside the base of the statue – and Lady Liberty memorabilia dating from the
1890s to the 1970s.
which is at the south end of Battery Park City and overlooks the Statue of
Liberty, created a free app — downloadable from the exhibit’s website — with a GPS-enabled
walking tour of 19 places that shaped the poet’s life and legacy, with
narration by actresses Julianna Margulies and Meryl Streep.
the statue’s interior will be closed during the renovation, Liberty Island, where
the statue is located, will remain open to visitors for an up-close view.