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The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation oversees the Statue of Liberty, the Statue of Liberty Museum, and the Ellis Island History Center. You can take a virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty Museum, learn about the Statue’s and Ellis Island’s history, find genealogy and educational resources, and much more on the Foundation’s website.
Statue of Liberty National Monument
“The Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. It is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, became a National Monument in 1924.” The National Parks Service website has more Statue of Liberty history, a virtual tour, and a large collection of lessons and curriculum resources for K-8 students.
Ellis Island, Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument
Ellis Island is the island on which the Statue of Liberty stands. You can learn about the Island’s history, take a virtual tour, and find lesson plans on the National Parks Service website.
Liberty State Park
Liberty State Park offers miles of walkways for walking, jogging, biking, or rollerblading. All within sight of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The Statue of Liberty and Immigration
“Drawing chiefly on four film clips from Ken Burns's The Statue of Liberty, this lesson encourages students to examine the connection between the Statue of Liberty and immigration to the United States and to analyze the perspectives of particular immigrants, refugees, and other Americans. Students will consider the meaning of the phrase "a nation of immigrants," and explore who is included and who is excluded when that phrase is used to describe the United States.” From PBS for grades: 6-8, 9-12.
The Statue of Liberty Was Created to Celebrate Freed Slaves, Not Immigrants, Its New Museum Recounts
The Statue of Liberty has been said to represent freedom and opportunity for immigrants, and it’s been said to be a symbol of friendship between France and America—this article from the Washington Post explores its connection to the abolition of slavery following the Civil War.
Interpreting A Symbol Post Statue of Liberty Lesson Plan
This activity from the National Parks Service helps students explore the different meanings of the Statue of Liberty and help them develop their own interpretations for the monument today. For grades 3-5.
The Statue of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol
In this lesson plan from EDSITEment, students will use the Statue of Liberty to identify symbols of America’s values, principles, and beliefs. For grades K-5.
Statue of Liberty Historical Photos
This photo essay from the Atlantic follows the history of the Statue of Liberty from its 1870s construction in Paris to its reopening in 2013 following Hurricane Sandy.
Printable Statue of Liberty Papercraft
Print and build your own Statue of Liberty with this printable model from PaperToys.
Statue of Liberty Facts & Activities for Kids
Did you know the Statue of Liberty is 305 feet tall? Find other fun facts, printable coloring pages, worksheets, and quizzes on Enchanted Learning.