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Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Lady Liberty

 
 
Lady Liberty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, October 3, 2017
1. Lady Liberty Marker
Inscription.
(Side One)
Lady Liberty first graced McKennan Park in 1942 although the statue was not formally dedicated until August 1, 1943. As several thousand watched, twins Thelma and Elma Iverson unveiled a wood carving of the Statue of Liberty. The statue had been owned by pioneer Charles A. Sells who said that it was carved as a model by Frederic A. Bartholdi, sculptor of the Statue of Liberty located on Liberty Island, New York City.

A public subscription conducted by the Sioux Falls Garden Club raised funds to buy

(Side Two)
the carving, and Sells presented a bill of sale to Mayor C.M. Whitfield. Years later the statue was removed because of vandalism.

On October 28, 1886, when accepting the gift of the original Lady Liberty from France for America, President Grover Cleveland said, "We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home: nor shall her chosen altar be neglected."

The new bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty was place on the restored stone pedestal in 2002 returning Lady Liberty to McKennan Park once again.


 
Erected 2003 by Dr. John Wichtman in honor of Jean Douglas Wichtman, "A Beautiful Life Lived", Minnehaha County Historical Society in Memory of Dr. Verlynne and Suzanne Volin
Lady Liberty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, October 3, 2017
2. Lady Liberty Marker
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Statue of Liberty Replicas marker series.
 
Location. 43° 31.922′ N, 96° 43.386′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Touch for map. Marker is located in McKennan Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 S 3rd Ave, Sioux Falls SD 57105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pillars of the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Helen Gale McKennan (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sioux Falls Municipal Band (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Yankton Trail and Stage Road (approx. mile away); AAUW Sioux Falls Branch (approx. mile away); Drs. Van Demark (approx. one mile away); Department of Veterans Affairs (approx. 1.6 miles away); Children's Care Hospital & School (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
 
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Lady Liberty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, October 3, 2017
3. Lady Liberty Marker
(South side pedestal - Original Statue's Plaque) image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, October 3, 2017
4. (South side pedestal - Original Statue's Plaque)

Statue of Liberty
Acquired from
Charles A. Sells
Sioux Falls Pioneer
Sponsored by
Garden Club and
Sioux Falls Citizens
Dedicated Aug. 1, 1943

(North side pedestal - Current Statue's Plaque) image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, October 3, 2017
5. (North side pedestal - Current Statue's Plaque)

Statue of Liberty

By French Sculptor
Frederic Auguste
Bartholdi

Dedicated to the
Preservation of Freedom
For all Citizens

This Bronze replica of "Liberty
Enlightening the World" was
created by sculptor Serguei Iourov
In February 2002. At the time of
completion he stated. "Liberty
should always be youthful, filled
with life and holding her torch
high, as high as she possible can."
(East side pedestal - Current Statue's Dedication) image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, October 3, 2017
6. (East side pedestal - Current Statue's Dedication)

This replica of the Statue of
Liberty is dedicated to all persons
who support her ideals. She stands
as a symbol of Liberty, Civility,
Opportunity, Justice, and equality.


Mayor
Gary Hanson

City Council Members
Tam Baker, Kenyon Gleason,
Dann Grevlos, Bob Jamison,
Kevin Kavanaugh, Dirck Kelly,
Curtis Rust, Darrin Smith

Pakrs and Recreation board
Pat beckman, Anne Hajek,
Doug Hendriks, Dale Jans,
Carol Knutson, Jill steele,
Steve Thomas

Director of Parks and Recreation
Mike Cooper
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 28, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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