Liberty Weekend: opening ceremony, 1986-07-03

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Liberty Weekend: opening ceremony, 1986-07-03
Jennings, Peter, 1938-2005 (Host)
Walters, Barbara, 1929- (Host)
Burger, Warren E., 1907-1995 (Judge)
Cao, Hue (Speaker)
Hodel, Donald Paul, 1935- (Speaker)
Iacocca, Lee A (Speaker)
Lehman, John F (Speaker)
Meese, Edwin (Speaker)
Mitterrand, François, 1916-1996 (Speaker)
Mosbacher, Emil, Jr (Speaker)
Reagan, Ronald (Speaker)
De Niro, Robert (Speaker)
Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993 (Presenter)
Koppel, Ted, 1940 February 8- (Presenter)
MacLaine, Shirley, 1934- (Presenter)
Peck, Gregory, 1916-2003 (Presenter)
Rogers, Kenny (Presenter)
Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011 (Presenter)
Winkler, Henry, 1945- (Presenter)
Wolper, David L (Presenter)
Wolper, David L (Television producer)
Diamond, Neil (Singer)
Mack, Kenneth, Jr. (Singer)
Mathieu, Mireille, 1946- (Singer)
Schuur, Diane (Singer)
Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998 (Singer)
Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998 (Speaker)
Williams, Andy, 1927-2012 (Singer)
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948- (Dancer)
Browne, Leslie (Dancer)
Allen, Debbie, 1950- (Performer)
Feliciano, José (Performer)
Gatlin, Larry (Performer)
Kramer, Mandel (Commentator)
Chang-Díaz, Franklin R., 1950- (Honoree)
Clark, Kenneth Bancroft, 1914-2005 (Honoree)
Gray, Hanna Holborn (Honoree)
Hope, Bob, 1903-2003 (Honoree)
Kissinger, Henry, 1923- (Honoree)
Pei, I. M., 1917- (Honoree)
Perlman, Itzhak, 1945- (Honoree)
Reston, James, 1909-1995 (Honoree)
Sabin, Albert B. (Albert Bruce), 1906-1993 (Honoree)
Wang, An, 1920-1990 (Honoree)
Wiesel, Elie, 1928- (Honoree)
Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 (Honoree)
Arledge, Roone (Television producer)
Gralnick, Jeff (Television producer)
Hemion, Dwight (Television producer)
Hemion, Dwight (Television director)
Smith, Gary (Canadian designer, contemporary) (Television producer)
Goodman, Roger (Television director)
Kohan, Buz (Screenwriter)
Fraser, Ian, 1933-2014 (Musical director)
Fraser, Ian, 1933-2014 (Conductor)
Salmon, Scott (Choreographer)
Menefee, Pete (Costume designer)
Brunton, Greg (Lighting designer)
Franks, Danny (Lighting designer)
McKinnon, Red (Lighting designer)
Williams, John, 1932- (Conductor)
Williams, John, 1932- (Composer)
ABC News (Production company)
Smith-Hemion Productions (Production company)
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc (Organizer)

Mikhail Baryshnikov Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1986-07-03
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 335
Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948-
Liberty Weekend, 1986
Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.) -- Centennial celebrations, etc
Operation Sail, 1986
Filmed performances
Filmed dance
Television programs
Content: Title and date transcribed from label on the original container, title screen and audition.
Content: Video and audio drop out for several seconds.
Creation/production credits: Roone Arledge, David L. Wolper, executive producers; Gary Smith, Dwight Hemion, Jeff Gralnick, producers; Dwight Hemion, Roger Goodman, directors; Buz Kohan, writer; Ian Fraser, musical director and conductor; Scott Salmon, choreographer; Pete Menefee, costume designer; Greg Brunton, Danny Franks, Red McKinnon, lighting directors; John Williams, composer and conductor.
Performers: Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, hosts; Warren Burger, judge; Hue Cao, Donald Hodel, Lee Iacocca, John Lehman, Edwin Meese, François, Mitterrand, Emil Mosbacher, Jr., Ronald Reagan, speakers; Robert DeNiro, Helen Hayes, Ted Koppel, Shirley MacLaine, Gregory Peck, Kenny Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Winkler, David L. Wolper, presenters; Neil Diamond, Kenneth Mack, Jr., Mireille Mathieu, Diane Schuur, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, singers; Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie Browne, dancers; Debbie Allen, José Feliciano, Larry Gatlin, performers; Mandel Kramer, announcer; Franklin Chang-Díaz, Kenneth Clark, Hanna Holborn Gray, Bob Hope, Henry Kissinger, I.M. Pei, Itzhak Perlman, James "Scotty" Reston, Albert Sabin, An Wang, Elie Wiesel, honorees; John Denver, Bob Dole, Barry Manilow, Danielle Mitterrand, Nancy Reagan, guests.
Venue: Broadcast by ABC television station 1986 July 3 Ellis Island, Governor's Island, and Liberty Island, New York, New York.
Acquisition: Gift; Mikhail Baryshnikov, 2011.
Content: List of guests includes John Denver, Bob Dole, Barry Manilow, Danielle Mitterrand, and Nancy Reagan.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (161 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
The ABC News presentation of Liberty Weekend 1986, a celebration of the centennial and restoration of the Statue of Liberty. Presidents Ronald Reagan and François Mitterrand deliver addresses commemorating the occasion; Chief Justice Warren Burger of the U.S. Supreme Court administers the Oath of Allegiance to a group of new citizens (including an off-camera Mikhail Baryshnikov); and ABC newscaster Ted Koppel introduces those distinguished, naturalized citizens awarded the Medal of Liberty. Hollywood entertainers and Reagan administration officials introduce parts of the event, which includes speeches, history segments, and performances. Baryshnikov's new status as a citizen is alluded to by Robert DeNiro, then directly reported by Peter Jennings and Barbara Walters before he arrives to perform a Balanchine pas de deux with Leslie Browne. Overall visual quality fine, but there are several seconds of audio and video dropout at 1:26:33, 1:27:23, and 2:28:45. This recording includes commercials. Writing on the original videocassette label: "Date Misha Became US Citizen".
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 900089042
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20513356
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 52efbdb0-9b4e-0132-9058-3c075448cc4b
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  • 1938: Creator Born
  • 1986: Created
  • 2005: Creator Died
  • 2023: Found by you!
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Liberty Weekend" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1986.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Liberty Weekend" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 28, 2023.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1986). Liberty Weekend Retrieved from

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Liberty Weekend