National Parks of New York Harbor Commissioner Maria Burks was joined by nearly 200 local school children, representatives from the New York Stock Exchange, the Alliance for Downtown New York and the Freemasons on the steps of Federal Hall National Memorial to remotely ring the opening bell for the stock exchange on Inauguration Day.
Federal Hall rests on the site of the original United States capitol, where George Washington was sworn in as the first President on April 30, 1789. During his inauguration, Washington used a Bible provided to him by his Masonic Lodge. That historic Bible, which is on display at Federal Hall, was brought outside for the opening bell.
Re-enactors portraying George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were on hand to greet visitors to Federal Hall and share stories of their presidencies and inaugurations. âWashingtonâ and âLincolnâ delighted visiting schoolchildren with presidential etiquette from the 18th and 19th centuries. Prior the simulcast of the inaugural events in D.C., the âRooseveltsâ traded quips about life in the White House.