The High Furnace Museum
The Statue of Liberty, originally named "Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American independence.
The sculptor, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, intended his work to be an immense and impressive symbol of human liberty.
Part of the Statue of Liberty Was Made Here
Some of the metal used in making the 220 ton statue was made in the high furnace that is in the museum in Dommartin-le-Franc.
The 151 foot high statue was prefabricated in Paris by molding sheets of copper over a stainless-steel framework. The picture below shows Liberty towering over the buildings in Paris. The builders had to be sure all the pieces fit so they completely assembled the statue, then took it down and shipped the pieces to the United States in 241 crates in 1885.
The Statue of Liberty was paid for by individual donations, contributions from French cities, and by a lottery where 300,000 tickets were sold. The statue truly was a gift from the people of France.
Pictures of the high furnace museum that made metal for the statue:
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The High Furnace Museum is managed by the Association pour la Sauvegarde du Patrimone Métallurgique Haut-Marrais (Association for the Preservation of Metal Industry Heritage of the Haut-Marrais).
The museum is located in Dommartin-le-Franc, in the Haute-Marne district, just north of the Chateau de Cirey.