When 214 giant crates arrived in New York Harbor in the summer of 1885, a crew of workers waited on the docks.  They were so thankful for the work, it never occurred to them what kind of impact the work might have, how meaningful it was, nor did they really understand how hard it was going to be…… they just knew it was fair pay for honest effort.

They had no idea of the immense talent and effort Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi had put into the pieces of stone, nor could they possibly have had any idea that they were unpacking something that would come to have immeasurable impact on our nation and represent freedom all across the world.

When her face was revealed, it was obvious this was a giant project and rather than being humbled by the beauty, they were overwhelmed by the expanding scope of the task but excited at the prospect of long-term employment.


unpacking the head of statue of liberty


Today, The Statue of Liberty stands as a universal symbol of freedom and has greeted millions upon millions of immigrants who embody hope and opportunity, but on those hot summer days the efforts of determined and desperate workers didn’t have anything to do with that.

They were not assembling what would become arguably the most iconic symbol in our nations history, nor did they intend to inspire people all across the world to dream, explore, reach and finally attain freedom….


Unboxing the Statue of Liberty, 1885

Instead, they were just common folks who made wages thru sincere honest effort who fed, clothed and housed their families and were just grateful and happy to be working.

I think that’s how it goes—-  magnificent results come not from those who set out to be magnificent, but rather from the folks who wake up each day and just chop wood, carry water.




“I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.”~Margaret Thatcher


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