Preservation

In 2018, the Society donated the last installment of five $100,000 gifts pledged to the park to be used specifically for sculpture preservation at the Memorial. The funds were a result of an initial $214,000 bequest from the Betty Nelson, Yankton, SD, estate. The Society contributed an additional $200,000 and managed the fund for its ultimate donation to the National Park Service.

The National Park Service used these funds to support the Ropes Team that inspects the Memorial on an annual basis and to support the Rock Block Monitoring System. The Rock Block Monitoring System was first put in place more than 20 years ago to monitor changes within the sculpture due to weather and time.

Although this project has been fully funded at this time, the Society is always here to support preservation needs of the Memorial.