Tuesday, November 16, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for "New York National Historic Sites and the History They Tell," an 8-week series.
Week 7: Statue of Liberty: How it Came to be?
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the People of the United States. Presenter, Allen J. Despres will explore the 20-year process from far-fetched idea to successful beacon of Democracy and Immigration to the New World. Despres will share how the poem "The New World Colossus" by Emma Lazarus was chosen. Learn how the Statue of Liberty became the great icon it is today and is recognized the world over.
Allen J. Despres is a retired United States Park Ranger. Allen has been giving programs for the American and even the international public, about the important issues of universal and American values of history found in our National Parks and Historic Sights for over twenty years.
As an interpreter of history at Weir Farm, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the African Burial Ground, Grant’s Tomb, Federal Hall, and Castle Clinton, Allen has lectured, given tours, and created programs for the general public as well as school groups.