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Statues of Liberty: A Sesquicentennial Exhibit & Celebration

Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - Monday, October 13, 2014
  • Time: 11:00am-5:00pm, Wednesday through Friday each week (& holiday Mondays)
  • Venue/Address: Justin Morrill Homestead, 214 Justin Morrill Memorial Highway, Strafford, VT 05072
  • Location: Strafford, Vermont 05072
  • Handicap Accessible: Yes
  • Parking: Yes
  • Contact: Michael Caduto, Director, Friends of the Morrill Homestead
  • Phone: (802)765-4288
  • Web Site: http://www.morrillhomestead.org
At the height of the Civil War, a seed was planted to create a national exhibit of statues illuminating the greatest virtues of our nation. During the summer of 2014 the Justin Morrill Homestead will commemorate the sesquicentennial celebration of the signing by President Abraham Lincoln, on July 2 1864, of Congressman Morrill’s Act creating the National Statuary Hall. This landmark exhibit, “Statues of Liberty,” will feature photos and descriptions of notable figures from all of the 50 United States, including life-sized images of the statues of Abraham Lincoln, Ethan Allen (Vermont), Daniel Webster (New Hampshire) and the recently unveiled (2013) statue of Rosa Parks. A major speaker (to be announced) will appear at the Strafford Town House in early August to further celebrate and elucidate this momentous occasion. Excerpt from the 1864 Act creating the National Statuary Hall: …statues, in marble or bronze, not exceeding two in number for each State, of deceased persons who have been citizens thereof, and illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services such as each State may deem to be worthy of this national commemoration. The Justin Morrill Homestead is a State-owned Historic Site operated by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
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