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Contact: Maureen McGee-Ballinger, 605-574-3115
KEYSTONE, SD: Mount Rushmore National Memorial celebrates 90 years of history. On March 25, 2015, join us in the Carver's Café at 2:00 p.m. to kick off a year of celebration. Festivities will include a talk on park history, cake and Thomas Jefferson ice cream.
According to Superintendent Cheryl Schreier, "1925 was a significant year for Mount Rushmore National Memorial. March marked President Coolidge's signature on a bill establishing the creation of a national memorial. In August artist Gutzon Borglum arrived to evaluate the site selecting Mount Rushmore instead of the proposed Needles. Lastly, on October 1, 1925, Mount Rushmore was officially dedicated with over 3,000 people in attendance."
Doane Robinson, known as the "Father of Mount Rushmore," initiated the idea of colossal carvings in the Black Hills. Robinson selected the artist Gutzon Borglum and actively solicited the necessary political support for his dream. Over the course of 90 years Doane Robinson's idea of a monument in the Black Hills has moved from concept to a reality visited by almost 3 million people a year.
For more information about the park, please visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial's official website at www.nps.gov/moru or call (605) 574-2523.