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NEW YORK, NY -- Statue of Liberty National Monument will celebrate 125 years of "Liberty Enlightening the World" beginning October 28. To commemorate this historic event, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced that on July 4 the park will launch Liberty's 125th Anniversary Logo Contest. The public will be able to vote for its favorite logo for the year-long celebration whose theme is "Honor History, Envision the Future."
The 10 logos in the contest are the result of a collaborative effort between the park and New Jersey City University. "The logos were created by students of the University's various communication design classes and show the creativity and talent that NJCU has to offer," said Statue of Liberty National Monument Superintendent David Luchsinger. "We are delighted to showcase their artwork in this contest and look forward to seeing which logo the public likes best."
Members of the public can view the final artwork and vote for their favorite 125th Anniversary Logo at: http://polldaddy.com/poll/5191536/
Online voting will run from July 4 to July 18. The NPS is promoting the contest on its website as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. "We are asking the public to spread the word about the contest by sharing the link to the logos with friends by using their favorite social media sites," added Luchsinger. "Good old fashioned word of mouth about the contest wouldn't hurt either, so phone a friend!"
The winning logo will be used on commemorative banners, pins and posters, as well as on the park's web and social media sites for a full year, beginning October 28.
On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States by the people of France as an expression of their friendship and regard for the nation's founding principles. Conceived by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and officially titled "Liberty Enlightening the World," the sculpture has become an internationally recognized symbol of American liberty and contempt for tyranny.
On the university side, the collaboration with the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island is administered by the William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences. Opened in 1929 as the New Jersey State Normal School at Jersey City, the institution was renamed New Jersey State Teachers College at Jersey City in 1935 and Jersey City State College in 1958, becoming a liberal arts institution in 1968. In 1998, the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education approved a change of institutional status and accepted the present name, New Jersey City University.