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Alexander Hamilton is a hit on the Great White Way. Please consider visiting the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, home to the National Museum of the American Indian. The building is across the street from the Battery Park. Getting there is a breeze! The museum has one of the most extensive collections of Native American arts and artifacts in the world. Learn more: [ Goo.gl Link ]
On Dec. 4 1783 George Washington delivered his farewell address to his officers at Fraunces Tavern. Thiis one of the oldest buildings in New York and contains a small museum displaying art and artifacts from the revolution. Located just steps from Battery Park, it is an easy side trip after visiting the Statue of Liberty. For more information on Fraunces Tavern, go to [...
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100 YEARS of Lighting an Icon
President Cleveland accepted the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World 1886.
President Wilson was is office as the first floodlighting system was installed in 1916. This was an electrifying time and the media provided extensive coverage in days leading up the the December 2nd lighting.
"Light up" your hoilday season with a visit to Liberty Island and Ellis...
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To celebrate the centennial of the original lighting of the Statue of Liberty on December 2nd in 1916, enjoy this video that tells the story of illuminating Liberty over the past 100 years.
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Lighting Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, A monument of art and friendship between France and the United States, was designated by Congress to serve as a beacon lighthouse for ...

A Century of Illuminating an ICON!

In December 1916, an innovative floodlighting was installed upon Bedloe's Island making the statue visible after dark. The media coverage for the spectacle was extensive.

President Woodrow Wilson stated, "I light this Statue with the thought it may always stand as a symbol of our purpose to throw upon liberty, out of our own life as a Nation, a light...
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Illuminating Liberty for 100 years!

In December,1916 a floodlighting system first made the statue and pedestal visible from beyond the island's perimeter edge.

After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, temporary lights powered by generators illuminated the statue. In November, 2013 a park ranger captured this photo as the staff ferry sailed away from the island. The effect is reminiscent of the...
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Efforts to illuminate Liberty's flame began shortly after the 1886 inauguration. However, this week marks the 100th anniversary of the installation of a floodlighting system designed to illuminate the rest of the statue and the pedestal. This postcard "sheds light" on the dramatic effect. To learn more about the lighting systems: [ Goo.gl Link ]
In November 1954, 7200 people representing over 50 nations gathered at Ebbetts Field (home to the Brooklyn Dodgers) to become Citizens of the United States of America. It was during this ceremony, the government announced Ellis Island would close. Within three weeks, the busiest immigration station in the nation would be shuttered. Begin planning a visit to Ellis Island today:
This week in 1954, the historic ferryboat Ellis Island was retired after fifty years of service. The vessel logged over one million miles since her 1904 maiden voyage. The ship’s main function was to transport newly-admitted immigrants to Manhattan, and to shuttle Immigration and Pubic Health Service employees to and from their workplace. During a storm in 1968, the ferry sank at its berth....
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The NPS LIKES IKE for 49 years! Happy Anniversary to Eisenhower National Historic Site. This is the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield. The farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a much needed respite from...
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When visiting the Statue of Liberty National Monument consider taking a outdoor ranger led program. The programs depart from the flagpole. Ranger tours are an amazing way to connect with our history. During the crisp days autumn, grab a warm drink prior to the program. Plan your visit:
Are you on Twitter and Instagram? Share images with us @StatueEllisNPS We cannot wait to see Liberty and Ellis through your unique lens.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Facebook friends.
We share a New York Public Library image of the Dining Room at Ellis Island and a New York Times article from Thanksgiving 1894.
What #NationalParkService site are you thankful for and why?

If you are planning a visit between now and New Year's Day, please be advised that it is a busy time for us. Make reservations early and note we...
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If you want to visit Liberty's crown, you must make reservations months in advance . In this 1976 photograph you see the crowds at the top of pedestal. Note that the wait time from this level was 60 minutes. The reservation system currently in place makes the climb to the crown a far more pleasant experience. Make your reservation for Crown or pedestal tickets on line: .
Looking to avoid the CRUSH of shoppers this Friday. Come be REVOLUTIONARY and celebrate Evacuation Day at #FederalHall. On November 25, 1783 the British military officially withdrew from New York City ending its occupation by British forces and marking the cessation of hostilities between Great Britain and the colonies. In the years after the Revolutionary War, the day was celebrated with...
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The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge honors Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano (note the difference in spelling). The span opened 52 years ago today. Did you know that nestled beneath the structure is Fort Wadsworth, a site administered by the #NationalParkService. We invite you to #FindYourPark Come and explore one of the oldest military installations in the nation. The site on the...
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Universal Children's Day takes place annually on 20 November. First proclaimed by the United Kingdom in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children. For more on Universal Children's Day, go to [ Un.org Link ].
On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. Gettysburg National Military Park is home to one of the largest collections of Civil War relics in the world. Learn more about this National Park Service site online at:
As the weather gets cooler, we remind our visitors to dress appropriately. After learning about the colossal statue on Liberty Island, please visit the immigration museum at Ellis Island. Your ferry ticket entitles you to visit both islands and includes a audio tour. Begin planning your visit here:
On November 17, 1982, New York's Empire State Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Follow us at #50for50 and #Preservation50. If you're visiting the Statue of Liberty, look for the iconic art decor skyscraper from the island.