Statue of Liberty

07/03/2014 - 7:00pm

Join the Director of the Canton Art Museum, M.J. Albacete, as he presents a program on the Statue of Liberty and the man who engineered her, Gustave Eiffel.
In 1976, the Canton Art Museum housed a four-foot terracotta Statue of Liberty made by sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, designer of the original.  So many people came to see the statue, the museum started to assemble a program telling the history of the statue (and since Albacete visited the Statue of Liberty several times, the program became longer and longer).
Years later, Albacete got a call from the American Society of Civil Engineers in New York City, asking to use his program to tell another story: that of Gustave Eiffel, the civil engineer who designed the interior support of the Statue of Liberty.  The society invited him to New York, where they ascended the statue’s scaffolding during the restoration and then sent him to France to study Eiffel’s other engineering projects, including the famous Eiffel Tower. When he returned, he created a second program for the museum, titled “Gustave Eiffel: The Other Man Behind the Great Lady”.  More adventures followed this, all of which are covered in this program.
M.J. Albacete has visited the pyramids, toured the Eiffel Tower, descended into the tomb of King Tut, walked through prehistoric caves in France, and touched the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  You do not want to miss this exciting presentation. Registration starts June 2. This program is funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council and will be held in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room.