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    Crown of Statue of Liberty to be open to public again

    Crown of Statue of Liberty to be open to public again
    Crown of Statue of Liberty to be open to public again on U.S. national day

    NEW YORK, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Visitors are likely to enter the inside of the crown of the Statue of Liberty in New York on the national day July 4th, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday.

    New York Daily News quoted Salazar as saying that "we will endeavor to do everything we can" to have the Statue of Liberty and its thrilling spiral staircase climb to her crown open to the public by America's 233rd birthday - the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks, 2001.


     


    The news report cited Salazar as saying that his department, which controls the landmark, is considering implementing a ticketing or lottery system to allow small groups of people to enter the crown at specific times, similar to crowd control and safety procedures at the Washington Monument on the National Mall.

    The National Park Service, the Interior agency that cares for Liberty Island, a small uninhabited island in New York Harbor best known as the location of the Statue of Liberty, shut down the Statue after the Sept. 11 attacks, citing security concerns.

    Liberty's base, pedestal, and observation deck were re-opened in August 2004, but the crown remained closed - the only site in the National Park system off-limits to the public since Sept. 11 attacks.

    While the number of visitors to Statue of Liberty, which the United States received as a gift from France in 1886, fell in the aftermath of Sept. 11 attacks, attendance has climbed in recent years - to 3.2 million in 2007, according to the paper.



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    Funds sought to restore Gary’s Statue of Liberty

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    March 16, 2009
    GARY, Ind. -

    A community activist hopes to raise up to $10,000 to repair an 8-foot tall replica of the Statue of Liberty that once stood near the entrance to U.S. Steel in Gary.

    Gary Parks Department officials hope the project by Jim Nowacki will be the first of several community efforts to refurbish the cash-strapped city.

    The copper statue was knocked off its pedestal by a wind storm last summer. It was among more than 200 replica statues placed around the country by the Boy Scouts in the 1950s.

    Nowacki estimates that it will cost $8,000 to $10,000 to restore the statue and its pedestal and improve the lighting around it.

    Nearby Hammond owns a nearly full-size foam replica of the Statue of Liberty donated to the city by a printing company.

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