French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's Paris workshop houses portions of the Statue of Liberty during its construction, circa 1880. Originally known as "Liberty Enlightening the World," the great work was a gift to America from the French people to celebrate the Franco-American alliance that helped win the American Revolution.
Immigrants gaze out at Lady Liberty from Ellis Island in the 1930s.
Apr. 01, 1952: Sightseers hang out the windows of Lady Liberty's crown.
1954: Korea's children's choir visits the statue of liberty.
French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's Paris workshop houses portions of the Statue of Liberty during its construction, circa 1880.
A group of immigrants traveling aboard a ship celebrate as they catch their first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York Harbor, in 1915.
The Statue of Liberty poses for a photo in 1939.
Moonlight glistens on the waters surrounding the Statue of Liberty as a lonely tug boat steams past in New York Harbor, 1946.
Liberty by night.
Dec. 17, 1985: Scaffolding comes down from Liberty's torch after some cleaning.
The final hole at Pontchartrain Beach, Louisiana, seen in 1955.
The head of the Statue of Liberty on display in the garden at the Champs du Mars at the World's Fair in Paris to drum up support and contributions for the completion of the great project, 1878.
The forearm and torch of the Statue of Liberty on display at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, 1876. In order to raise funds for the completion of the statue and its pedestal, members of the public could pay fifty cents to climb to the balcony of the torch.
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A total of 125 immigrants from 46 countries were sworn in as United States citizens at a ceremony marking the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty -- an event that merits a look back at the long life of Lady Liberty. See more great pictures in the full gallery at Life.com.