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Lady Liberty Explored At Lunch With Books

WHEELING — The next Lunch With Books program presented by the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will examine the Statue of Liberty over the past 135 years.

The program will take place at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Dedicated Oct. 28, 1886, “Liberty Enlightening the World” is our beloved behemoth of a copper statue designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, and gifted to the people of the United States of America by the people of France. She has held her torch high in New York Harbor, through triumph and tragedy, for the last 135 years.

In this multi-media program, participants will look at the history, assembly and dedication of the statue, its original symbolism, and what it has come to mean from many perspectives over time. The story will be told through music, images, recordings, poetry and prose. The program will end with a group recitation of Emma Lazarus’s sonnet, “The New Colossus.”

The group will be joined by guitarist Aaron Carey, who has been teaching and performing for more than 20 years both locally and nationally. He earned a master of education from Bethany College and a bachelor of arts in music from West Virginia University.

A Bethany College music faculty member since 2005, Carey also teaches at CA House Music and is active as a solo performer and in several groups. Carey frequently releases original music through Bindrune Recordings in North America and Nordvis Produktion in Europe.

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