Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I have vivid memories of both from my early childhood visits to NYC (more on Ellis Island in future posts), but even though I've lived here for a little over 16 years now, I haven't been back. I, like many New Yorkers, don't want to deal with the crowds, and often think, "Meh, that's for tourists." But after revisiting, I'm reminded how important going to these places--and learning about their history--truly is.
National Park Service site, as well as cracking out my Blue Guide and companion book to Ric Burns' New York: A Documentary Film, all of which offer important reminders, like that her real name is "Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World," and that she was the brainchild of Édouard René de Laboulaye, who was searching for a way to express his desire for democracy in France, which was, at the time, under Napoleonic rule.