2014-06-14 / News

Statue of Liberty Replica Placed on Pedestal

By Macaela Bennett

After an extended fundraising and rebuilding effort, Mackinac Island’s Statue of Liberty replica was placed on her new pedestal Tuesday, June 10, at 5:50 p.m.

Sixty-four years after the statue was dedicated to Mackinac Island, May 28, 1950, American Legion Post 299 Commander Paul Wandrie felt “ecstatic” to see the project completed.

The 290-pound copper statue is one of 200 donated to 39 states by the Boy Scouts of America to celebrate its 40th anniversary with the slogan, “Strengthen the Arm of Libery.” This is the only one given to Michigan.

“It was so important to fix her up and make her look nice and pretty, looking proud in the marina,” Mr. Wandrie said.

More than 100 people, Mackinac Island’s newly established Cub Scout pack, and two visiting Boy Scout troops attended the installation.

The replica had been housed in the Stuart House Museum since September, and it was delivered by dray to the pedestal, built below Marquette Park on the lawn looking over the marina.

The Mackinac Island Fire Department then placed the statue on top of the pedestal by truck, using a ladder to maneuver it.

During Mr. Wandrie’s brief remarks, he addressed Boy Scout troops 354 from Jenison and 290 from Ada saying, “This has always been a Boy Scout project, and this is all yours. I hope all Boy Scouts take pride every time they walk past her.”

He also mentioned his goal to add lights to be turned on at night and a plaque thanking the many donors who paid the $54,000 cost to complete the project before the end of 2014.

Mr. Wandrie hopes to schedule a formal dedication of the renovated statue in July.

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