Lady Liberty in Passing

On my recent trip to the East Coast, a group of speakers from the 2009 Conference of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast visited Ellis Island. As we passed the Statue of Liberty, I snapped this photo. This day was overcast and quite warm, although we were lucky and the rain held off during the time we were there.

Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty

SOURCE: Lady Liberty (Manhattan, New York County, New York City, New York, USA). Photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 09 August 2009.

A number of years ago, I visited Colmar, France, the childhood home of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor of the ‘La Liberté Eclairant le Monde’ (‘Liberty Enlightening the World’), better known as the Statue of Liberty. I have some photos from Colmar including, I believe, a photo of the Bartholdi Municipal Museum, the former home of Auguste Bartholdi. I’ll have to dig those photos up some day.

Bartholdi himself chose the island of Bedloe as the site for the statue. He faced the statue toward Europe, the origin of of the vast majority of the immigrants to America at that time.

Copyright © 2009 by Stephen J. Danko

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