of Liberty National Monument
Statue of Liberty, one of the most universal symbols of America,
was actually a gift from the people of France. Conceived as the
embodiment of political freedom and a gift of international friendship,
"Liberty Enlightening the World" (the Statue's original name) has
become a beacon for people both commemorating and still in search
of freedom and opportunity. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated
in New York Harbor during a formal ceremony on October 28, 1886.
The colossal statue was designated a National Monument by Presidential
Proclamation on October 15, 1924 during the Coolidge administration
and was transferred from the War Department to the Department of
the Interior, National Park Service under the Act of March 3, 1933.
The Statue was extensively conserved and restored in the early 1980's
and celebrated her centennial in style on July 4, 1986. In 1984,
the Statue was designated as a World Heritage Site.
Ellis Island was incorporated as part of the Statue of Liberty National
Monument by President Lyndon Johnson on May 11, 1965, in recognition
of the island's former function as an immigrant inspection station
and a temporary shelter for approximately 12 million people who
sought refuge, freedom and opportunity in the United States between
1892 and 1954. Reopened to the public on September 10, 1990 after
a massive $162 million restoration, the Main Building on Ellis Island
is now a museum dedicated to the history of the Ellis Island Immigration