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A History of Giving

Love of Lady Liberty takes many forms. Among her dedicated supporters are members of The Statue of Liberty Club.

Since the Club’s inception nearly 30 years ago, Statue of Liberty enthusiasts from around the world have come together to celebrate the monument’s history and meaning. Club members compare and evaluate memorabilia – from pins to liquor bottles, dishes to figurines – they get together for events, and inspire further learning by recommending books and articles.

They also travel! Since 1993, members of The Statue of Liberty Club have held nearly two dozen meetings in the U.S. and Europe. The inaugural event was in NYC in October 1993. Colmar, France, Bartholdi’s birthplace, has hosted five gatherings, including multiple visits to the Bartholdi Museum.

Most recently members returned to the Big Apple to mark a momentous occasion at the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island. Club President Vincent Swift and Treasurer Lebo Newman were joined by Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation CEO Jesse Brackenbury and Chief Advancement Officer Rich Flood to commemorate the unveiling of the Club’s name on the Museum’s Donor Wall.

The Statue of Liberty Club joins other important partners whose generosity helped to make the Statue of Liberty Museum a reality. This dedicated group shares a passion for Lady Liberty’s history and symbolism and has been raising funds since 2017 to be permanently recognized in the Museum.

A community of giving, in amounts large and small, is part of a long history of public support and generosity for Lady Liberty. From the 1880s when donors from across the country answered Joseph Pulitzer’s call to help build the pedestal, to the 1980s when the world came together to restore the Statue for her centennial.

Enjoy this series of short films to learn more about this history of giving and show your support for Lady Liberty with a contribution. All donations support the restoration and preservation of Lady Liberty and Ellis Island.