Mini statues of liberty brought patriotism to towns across Nebraska, then Omaha's disappeared
January 31, 2024
John Lajba has grown accustomed to having Lady Liberty loom over him while he works in his downtown Omaha studio.
Still, the sculptor would rather see the weathered 9-foot copper statue depart his studio shelf – its home for the past 30 years – and placed back where it belongs.
"It's been ... out of sight and out of people's memories for too long," Lajba said.
He might get his wish.
Momentum appears to be building to restore and return the statue to its pedestal in Omaha's Turner Park, where it once was a target for vandals and mischief makers.
Dedicated in 1951, the statue was a gift...