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May 01, 2017
Lighting Outages Planned This Week for the Statue of Liberty National Monument
The lighting system that illuminates the exterior of the Statue of Liberty will be temporarily turned off from 6 PM to 5 AM Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week (May 2nd – 4th).

April 20, 2017
"The America I Am" Youth Film Competition Red Carpet Premiere on Ellis Island
Drawn from hundreds of submissions by students from across the nation, five short films received a red carpet premiere on Ellis Island during the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival®. The winners of the America I Am national student film competition were announced in the Great Hall of the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The competition, now in its second year, is a collaboration between National Park Service and the Tribeca Film Institute®. It was designed to foster craftsmanship in filmmaking and to cultivate the voices of the next generation of storytellers.

May 26, 2016
National Park Service Announces the Review Period for the Statue of Liberty National Monument New Museum Construction Environmental Assessment and National Historic Preservation Act Section 106
The purpose of the project is to move the Liberty Island Museum out of the Statue’s Pedestal into a new facility on the island. The environmental assessment examines two alternatives.

April 20, 2016
Winner in National Youth Film Competition to be Announced
Red Carpet Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival to Showcase Short Films by Five Finalists; Winner Will Be Announced at National Park Service Centennial Celebration.

December 30, 2015
"The America I Am" Short Film Competition Launched
The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island and Tribeca Film Institute partner to launch a short film competition. "The America I Am" invites young people, ages 18 and under, to create and share a personal short film. Collectively, these stories will help us to better understand our shared culture and history.

November 04, 2015
Public Comment Period Open for Proposed Statue of Liberty Museum
The National Park Service, in cooperation with the Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) to evaluate the impacts from the construction of a new 20,000 square foot Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island. The purpose of the museum construction project is to move the existing Statue of Liberty museum out of the Statue of Liberty's pedestal and into a new facility on the island.

July 02, 2015
New LED Lighting System Will Illuminate Statue of Liberty July 7
The National Park Service has announced that the Statue of Liberty will shine as never before beginning the evening of July 7. A new lighting system will be activated at sunset, approximately 8:45 p.m., thanks to a generous donation of equipment by Musco Lighting of Oskaloosa, Iowa. Musco Lighting has had a close partnership with the National Park Service for many years. The Statue of Liberty joins numerous national treasures to be lit with Musco's innovative lighting solutions using the light-emitting diode (LED) light source.

May 29, 2015
Ellis Island to celebrate National Asian-Pacific Heritage Month with special performance
To celebrate National Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, the Statue of Liberty National Monument is presenting three extraordinary performing companies that represent the richness, power, and beauty of the cultures of China, India and Japan. The performances will take place at Ellis Island from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.

May 05, 2015
Arborist Training Program at Liberty Island
The Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation's Arborist Training Program works at Liberty Island the week of May 3, 2015

April 24, 2015
Statue of Liberty to Resume Normal Operations
Statue of Liberty to resume normal operations after island closure on April 24, 2015.

August 27, 2014
National Park Service to extend hours at Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island this fall
The National Park Service announced today the expansion of extended hours Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. The park will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sept. 2 through Columbus Day, Oct. 13, 2014.

March 11, 2014
Cherie Butler To Become Deputy Superintendent
Cherie Butler, a 21-year National Park Service veteran, has been selected as the next Deputy Superintendent for Park Operations at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Butler replaces Frank Mills who retired in 2012. She will begin her new assignment in early May.

August 30, 2013
Liberty Island dock reopens in time for Labor Day weekend
Statue of Liberty National Monument has reopened the work dock on Liberty Island, a few days after a visitor ferry struck the side of the dock.

July 01, 2013
Statue of Liberty to reopen July 4 for the first time since Hurricane Sandy
On July 4, 2013, the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island will reopen to the public for the first time since Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, and other dignitaries in a ceremony and ribbon cutting on Liberty Island to celebrate the reopening at 10:30 a.m.

June 04, 2013
Statement on Security for Statue of Liberty National Monument
Official statement by the National Park Service regarding security at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

May 08, 2013
Statue of Liberty Crown and Monument Ticket Reservations Available for July 4 Reopening
In preparation for a July 4 reopening following an eight-month closure due to severe damage from Hurricane Sandy, visitors will be able to purchase tickets to visit Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty.

March 05, 2013
Gear donated to Fire Brigade by GearUp Foundation
The donation replaces some of the Brigade’s fire and rescue equipment and supplies stored on Liberty and Ellis Islands that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

January 29, 2013
Damaged Liberty Island Service Dock Removed
Work concludes to remove damaged Liberty Island Service Dock

January 11, 2013
Ellis Island Museum Collection Moved to a Stable Environment
Over the past few weeks staff at Ellis Island carefully wrapped and boxed museum items to be transported for temporary storage at the NPS Museum Resources Center in Landover, Maryland.

October 01, 2012
Statue of Liberty crown tickets go on sale
Tickets to visit the crown of the Statue of Liberty are now available online, David Luchsinger, superintendent of Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island, announced today. The crown will reopen on October 28, following a year of renovations.

September 12, 2012
Statue of Liberty to re-open on October 28
The interior of the Statue of Liberty will re-open to the public on October 28, 2012

July 11, 2012
Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Announce Extended Hours for Summer 2012
Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island has extended its summer hours. Through Labor Day (Sept. 3, 2012), ferries depart Battery Park as late as 5 p.m. and return from the national icons as late as 7 p.m.

April 06, 2012
Barge Capsizes Off Liberty Island
At approximately 9:50 a.m. on April 6, 2012, the work barge “Catherine G” was preparing to transport a construction crane off of Liberty Island when it capsized, sending the crane and two people into New York Harbor just off the north end of the island. A total of six people were onboard including, two captains, a U.S. Park Police Officer, the crane operator and two other crew members.

February 28, 2012
National Parks of New York Harbor brings visitors, money and jobs to NYC
New York, NY — A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 17.5 million visitors in 2010 spent $462.3 million in the National Parks of New York Harbor and the communities surrounding them. That spending supported more than 5,300 jobs in the local area.

November 23, 2011
Ellis Island Joins Museums in Belgium and Italy to "Navigate Differences"
Interactive installation facilitates transatlantic dialogue on immigration in US and Europe Is immigration good for my country? Is immigration good for my community? Is immigration good for me? Starting November 17, visitors to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will have the chance to respond to these simple but provocative questions.

October 24, 2011
Liberty Enlightening the World Wide Web
The Statue of Liberty is officially known as, “Liberty Enlightening the World.” But to many she is “Lady Liberty,” “The Lady” or even just “the Statue.” On her 125th anniversary, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, she will be known by a new name, “Liberty Enlightening the World Wide Web ” thanks to a series of new web cams placed around her torch.

October 21, 2011
Statue of Liberty to mark 125th anniversary
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, the National Park Service (NPS) is holding a special series of events on Oct. 28, 2011. The day honors the Statue’s history by evoking the original dedication festivities, but also confidently envisions the park’s future as a beacon of freedom in the high-tech global community.

September 29, 2011
Alluring History of Alcatraz
Alcatraz: Life on The Rock, a traveling exhibit that tells the legendary Alcatraz story through artifacts and interactive displays, debuts at the Statue of Liberty National Monument's Ellis Island Museum of Immigration on Oct. 1. The exhibit, which marks the first time these historic artifacts are available for public display, premieres on the third floor of the Grand Hall and is open to the public through Jan. 12, 2012.

August 10, 2011
Liberty Island to Remain Open During Year-Long Renovation
New York, NY -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will undergo a $27.25 million renovation that includes long-planned safety and other critical facility renovations beginning in late October.

June 30, 2011
Lady Liberty Needs You To Pick Her 125th Logo!
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.”

May 20, 2011
Students Make History at Ellis Island
The story of 12 million immigrants who came to the United States through Ellis Island in search of the "American Dream" began with them sitting on a bench in the Great Hall. It was a wait of a lifetime, to begin a new life. If they passed the mental and physical exams they would be able to start a new chapter in their lives in America. That small but significant historical fact was brought back to life May 12, 2011 as high school students from upstate New York presented two replicas of those benches to Ellis Island.

January 01, 2011
Small Town Students Make Benchmarks in Big Apple
There was a distinct buzz in the air of the Great Hall on Ellis Island this past November. Six high school students closely scrutinized a few simple but sturdy wooden benches that once provided a resting place for immigrants waiting to be interviewed by officials on Ellis Island to see if they would be allowed to enter the United States. Curious visitors stopped to watch the busy teens some of whom rattled off numbers as others jotted down observations down, and a few took photographs of small details on each bench.

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