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May 27, 2016
Centennial Summer Hours Begin
Superintendent Cheryl Schreier announces the opening of the summer schedule for Mount Rushmore National Memorial beginning Friday May 27 at 9 pm with the first Evening Lighting Ceremony.

December 18, 2015
Rose Parade Revelry
Superintendent Cheryl Schreier invites you to celebrate New Year’s Day at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

September 03, 2015
Area National Park Sites Welcome 4th Grade Students Through Every Kid In a Park Initiative
The National Park Service invites all 4th grade students to visit their national parks as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program.

August 04, 2015
Time Change for Evening Lighting Ceremony - August 9, 2015
Beginning Sunday August 9, 2015, the Evening Lighting Ceremony at Mount Rushmore will transition to an earlier start time of 8:00 PM.

June 22, 2015
Sculpture Preservation Work Underway
Beginning Tuesday, June 23, the Sculpture Preservation Team at Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be working on the sculpture replacing monitors and fiber optic lines.

May 08, 2015
Wastewater Treatment Operation Award Recipient
Mount Rushmore National Memorial wastewater treatment system team is the recipient of the 2014 Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award presented by the South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, DENR.

April 24, 2015
Iconic Wendelin Smokey Bear Paintings on Exhibit
South Dakota dubbed the month of May “Wildfire Awareness Month.” A very special exhibit will arrived to help us celebrate awareness and promote safety through beautiful artwork.

March 19, 2015
Construction Begins on Youth Exploration Area
Monday, March 23, construction will begin on a new Youth Exploration Area at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. During construction a section of the Presidential Trail will be closed to the public.

March 18, 2015
Celebrating Ninety Years
Mount Rushmore National Memorial celebrates 90 years of history on March 25, 2015.

December 23, 2014
Musco Lighting Donates an Illuminating Gift
New sculpture lighting system donated to Mount Rushmore National Memoral.

September 26, 2014
Fall Changes
Evening illumination of the sculpture at Mount Rushmore is about to change.

September 11, 2014
Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the National Anthem
September 14, 2014 will mark the 200th anniversary of the poem “The Defense of Fort McHenry” written by Francis Scott Key. This poem would eventually become our National Anthem.

August 06, 2014
Time Change for Evening Lighting Ceremony
Superintendent Cheryl A. Schreier has announced a change in the hours of operation at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

June 20, 2014
Unmanned Aircraft to be Prohibited in America's National Parks
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today signed a policy memorandum that directs superintendents nationwide to prohibit launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service.

June 12, 2014
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Announces Flag Day Celebration
Superintendent Cheryl A. Schreier has announced the celebration of Flag Day for Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

May 16, 2014
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Announces Summer Hours
Superintendent Cheryl Schreier has announced the summer schedule for Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

March 28, 2014
Visitor Study Workshop Held
Cheryl Schreier, Superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, is releasing the data from a recent visitor study conducted in summer 2013.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Badlands and Black Hills National Park Sites Creates $229.7 Million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that 3,782,890 visitors to National Park sites in South Dakota in 2012 spent $229.7 million within the local area. That spending supported 3,549 jobs.

February 26, 2014
Mount Rushmore Prescribed Burn Reducing Slash Piles
Mount Rushmore National Memorial will implement a prescribed burn to reduce accumulated slash piles in support of the park’s fire management plan.

October 29, 2013
United States Mint to Launch Mount Rushmore Quarter November 6
Join officials from the United States Mint and the National Park Service for the official launch of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial quarter on November 6, 2013.

August 23, 2013
Commemoration of 50th Anniversary of I Have a Dream Speech
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Acting Superintendent David Smith invites the community and visitors to participate in a national remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech on August 28, 2013 at the Memorial.

August 06, 2013
Xanterra Wins Midwest Region Partnership Award
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Superintendent Cheryl Schreier is pleased to announce Xanterra at Mount Rushmore as the 2013 recipient of the National Park Service, Midwest Region, Excellence in Partnering Award.

August 05, 2013
Time Change for Evening Lighting Ceremony 2013
As daylight shortens the hours of operation change at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Beginning Sunday August 11, 2013, the Evening Lighting Ceremony at Mount Rushmore will transition to an earlier start time of 8:00 PM.

June 03, 2013
Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Sioux Indian Museum Announce Visiting Artist Program for Summer 2013
The Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and Indian Arts and Crafts Board’s (IACB) Sioux Indian Museum are pleased to announce a collaboration to establish a program for visiting American Indian artists and artisans.

April 11, 2013
An Afternoon with Jan Conn, Climber and Caver
Cavers, adventurers and armchair pioneers are invited to experience the thrill of initial cave exploration through a presentation by climbing and caving pioneer Jan Conn.

February 26, 2013
National Park Tourism in South Dakota Creates $165 Million in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 3,807,375 visitors to national parks in South Dakota spent $165 million in communities surrounding those parks. This spending supported 2,651 jobs across the state.

December 21, 2012
Recognized as Patriotic Employer
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been recognized as a Patriotic Employer supporting the National Guard and Reserve.

December 14, 2012
Carving of Mount Rushmore Depicted on 2013 Quarter
A depiction of the carving of Mount Rushmore was revealed by the United States Mint to be located on the reverse, tails side, of an America the Beautiful Quarter to be released in the fall of next year.

November 19, 2012
Fire Restrictions Lifted
Superintendent Cheryl Schreier announced fire restrictions have been lifted at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

November 02, 2012
Digital Lesson Plans Launched
Mount Rushmore announces the launch of online curricula based lesson plans adhering to the nationally recognized Common Core State Standards Initiative.

September 28, 2012
Hours for Fall Operations Begin October 1
Beginning Monday, October 1, 2012, facilities at Mount Rushmore National Memorial will transition into fall hours.

August 07, 2012
Time Change for Evening Lighting Ceremony August 2013
As daylight shortens the hours of operation change at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

June 29, 2012
Smoking Ban Now in Effect at Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Superintendent Cheryl Schreier announced today that in an effort to promote a safe visiting and working environment under current dry conditions, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is banning smoking throughout the park effective immediately.

June 29, 2012
Clay Workshops Offered Throughout the Summer
In addition to a full spectrum of summer ranger-led programs, Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be hosting clay sculpting workshops throughout the summer.

March 23, 2012
Fire Caution Recommended at Mount Rushmore National Memorial
A mild winter and dry start to spring has resulted in high to extreme fire danger throughout the Central and Southern Black Hills including Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

February 28, 2012
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Equals Visitors, Money and Jobs
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 2,331,000 visitors in 2010 spent $77.1 million in Mount Rushmore National Memorial and in communities near the park.

January 27, 2012
Mount Rushmore Prescribed Burning Reducing Slash Piles
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has begun a series of prescribed burns to reduce accumulated slash piles in support of the park’s mountain pine beetle and fire management plans.

January 10, 2012
Launch of 3D Digital Portal Allows Virtual Access to Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore announces the launch of a new digital portal, http://archive.cyark.org/mount-rushmore-national-memorial-intro.

October 17, 2011
Fireworks Eliminated from Independence Day Celebration
Superintendent Cheryl Schreier announced today that planning is underway for the 2012 Independence Day Celebration at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

October 06, 2011
Annual Preservation Work Underway
The preservation team at Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be working on the faces starting Tuesday, October 11.

September 26, 2011
Mount Rushmore will transition to winter operations starting October 1
Beginning Saturday, October 1, 2011, facilities at Mount Rushmore National Memorial will change to winter hours.

September 01, 2011
Theodore Roosevelt Re-enactor to Perform on Labor Day
Back by popular demand to Mount Rushmore National Memorial is Gib Young, the re-enactor for President Theodore Roosevelt.

August 26, 2011
Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 to be commemorated at Mount Rushmore National Memorial
In solemn remembrance of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, Mount Rushmore National Memorial will illuminate the sculpture through the night of Sunday, September 11, 2011.

August 18, 2011
Sculptor in Residence to Offer Clay Sculpting Workshops
Mount Rushmore National Memorial will offer a ranger-led clay sculpting workshop every Thursday and Saturday beginning September 1 through September 29.

August 10, 2011
Time Change for Evening Program
Beginning Sunday August 14, 2011, the Evening Lighting Ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Memorial will transition to an earlier start time of 8:00 pm.

August 05, 2011
Sculptor in Residence to Offer Free Three-day Workshop
The National Park Service will offer a ranger-led sculpture workshop at Mount Rushmore National Memorial August 24, 25, and 26.

July 06, 2011
Thousands Celebrate at the Shrine of Democracy
The July 3 Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore National Memorial brought over 21,000 visitors to the national icon and proved to be one of the busiest days of the year.

June 24, 2011
Independence Day Weekend Schedule of Events
Visitors to Mount Rushmore National Memorial on July 3, 2011 will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of educational programs, patriotic tributes, and musical entertainment in celebration of Independence Day.

June 07, 2011
Local Businessman Receives "Champion Recognition Award”
The National Park Service Midwest Regional Office Director, Michael Reynolds, has announced that Jim Burgess and Black Hills Harley-Davidson are the recipients of a 2011 Midwest Region Partnership Award.

May 04, 2011
German Shepherd is Newest Member of Mount Rushmore Team
An explosives detecting canine has joined the team at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

April 22, 2011
Partnership Results in Live Webcam at Mount Rushmore
As a result of a partnership forged between the National Park Service and South Dakota Public Broadcasting, people worldwide are now able to log on http://www.sdpb.org/webcams/mtrushmore.aspx and see live webcam pictures of an American icon, Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

March 31, 2011
Weisman Receives National Recognition
Bruce Weisman, Curator at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, received national recognition at the recent George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites in New Orleans, LA.

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