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Contact: Bradley Block, 605-673-8330
Jewel Cave National Monument is excited to announce that Gib Young, professional Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, will be performing a living history program on Thursday, July 5. From 1 to 5 p.m. at the visitor center, the public will be able to experience Jewel Cave as if the former president were there sharing the resources with them. Mr. Young will also be available for autographs and photos.
Although he never set foot within the cave, President Roosevelt declared Jewel Cave a National Monument on February 7, 1908 using the Antiquities Act. The cave was run by a private corporation until 1933, when the National Park Service began overseeing the Monument. Countless renovations and changes have occurred over the last 110 years, but visitors can expect to be transported back to the early 1900s during this exciting afternoon.
Theodore Roosevelt was passionate about the outdoors. He is considered one of the great pioneers when it comes to protecting cultural and natural resources for future generations. From 1906 to 1909, he used the Antiquities Act to create eighteen National Monuments, many of which later became National Parks.
Acting Superintendent Nancy Martinz states, “Although Jewel Cave is well-known for its ranger-guided cave tours and related natural history programs, we are excited to share some professional living history with visitors. We are confident that our guests will enjoy and be entertained by President Roosevelt.” The Monument’s non-profit cooperative partner, the Black Hills Parks and Forests Association, is funding the special living history event.
Jewel Cave is open daily during the summer season from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with three different cave tour options at the present time. For more information, visit the Monument online at nps.gov/jeca. For those wishing to know the happenings of the Monument on a daily basis, follow Jewel Cave on social media, www.facebook.com/JewelCaveNPS or www.instagram.com/jewelcavenps. Guests are also welcome to call the visitor center directly at (605) 673-8300.