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Anyone know where the Liberty Bell is?

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Probably didn't get any bidders at the post-fair auction because of that nasty crack in it. :D

The crack didn't stop Boy Scout attendants from ringing it during the '65 Fair season.

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A very good question. Would be nice to pinpoint another legacy wouldn't it? Hope cupaloy's tip pans out!

Interesting that the 55 replicas would be produced in...France! Maybe they felt that the Statue of Liberty wasn't enough of a gift?

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This was posted on this board back in 2005:

Boy Scouts assist visitors at the Pennsylvania exhibit

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Closeup: "Good heavens lady- this ain't the Olympic Trials of bell ringing!! You're gonna crack it!"

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In Bill's 1965 photo you can see somebody handing out certificates certifying that the person rang the Liberty Bell.

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©Bill Cotter, Set 51 Picture 022

One of those certificates is now for sale on Ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/...9#ht_918wt_1163

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By the way, it's evident the "crack" was etched onto the metal, and wasn't really a crack at all.

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Here's who may know the answer to what became of the 1965 Pennsylvania exhibit's bell.

Francis Kocelnak of Pittston, PA worked as an MP guard at the Pennsylvania exhibit that entire year. It's probably spelled wrong, because somebody named Francis Koscelnak later rose all the way to head of the Pennsylvania State Police.

I'll bet it's the same person, now retired in Moscow, PA (Lackawanna County).

He can probably be tracked down and called to ask about his World's Fair memories from 1965.

Here is the item I found in the Pittston Dispatch newspaper. It seems to confirm what Robert guessed, that the World's Fair bell was one of the replicas presented in the 1950's to each of the states. This also makes it easier to track it down today. It would be the one in Allentown.

Francis Kocelnak of Tompkins Street, Pittston, served as an MP guard at the New York World’s Fair in 1965. Francis was stationed in the Pennsylvania Pavilion at the fairgrounds located in Queens, New York, guarding the replica of the Liberty Bell during the run of the fair. The original bell began traveling across the country in 1885 and due to its fragile nature, made its final trip to the San Francisco World’s Fair in 1915. In the 1950s each state was presented with a replica of the bell, however the crack was painted on.

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In 2002 Hoodlock confirmed for us on this board that the Pennsylvania bell was French-made (he had a lot of reference documentation at that time).

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It looks incredibly like the Liberty Bell replica in Disney World, more specifically in Liberty Square. Any one have anything on that?

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We had done some research last year into the whereabouts of this liberty bell and found some interesting information. The Liberty Bell at the fair was supposedly made specifically for the fair, not one of the 50 gift bells for each state. The gift bell is in Allentown PA at a museum: http://libertybellmuseum.org/ in a church that protected the original Liberty Bell from damage during war time. You can see the base and mount match those of most gift bells, many of those have been remounted too. More info here: http://www.itsnotthatfar.com/2010/08/liberty-bell-shrine-offers-glimpse-into-hidden-history/

The bell from the fair is in Harrisburg PA at the Pennsylvania Sate Museum. Here is a photo on someone's Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/peachhead/3884423996/in/set-72157622074988463/lightbox/ . There is a plaque on the side, which I do not have a photo of, that states its from the fair. We also spoke to the museum curator and he confirmed it. He is a fan of the 60's when the museum building was built too, so it has a fitting home. I believe he said that the base and mounts were restored at some point so they may not resemble the exact pieces from the fair photos.

We plan a Liberty Bell tour through PA one day soon, beside the original, there are other replicas with historic significance such as the Justice Bell in Valley Forge PA: http://www.nwhm.org/blog/we-all-know-the-liberty-bell-but-have-you-heard-of-the-justice-bell/

Does anyone here live near or plan to visit the Harrisburg area in the near future? Stop by and tak a picture!!

Mitch

Steph

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This was posted on this board back in 2005:

Hey....Is that a Boy Scout helping out at the Pennsylvania exhibit?

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Yes, the red jackets were given to Boy Scouts who were assigned special duties at the fair. This ranged from assisting people in wheelchairs, to 'guarding' the eagle at the U.S. Pavilion, to 'manning' the Liberty Bell. I think Bill C. was one of these Boy Scouts, although he's never said anything about being given Liberty Bell duty.

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