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Rushmore Love Stories: Hopeless Romantic

There is something surprising in the letters of Theodore Roosevelt: he was a hopeless romantic.  Though he is known for more sober exhortations to “get in the arena” or live the “strenuous life,” TR wrote languorous love letters to his first wife, Alice, and second wife, Edith.  “Oh, my sweetest true love I pray for nothing but that I may be worthy of you,” Teddy (as he was then known to Alice… Read On

Rushmore Love Stories: First Days

“My husband and I went to Mount Rushmore following our wedding reception on June 5, 1965. We were going to be in Vermillion for the summer and then move to Chicago in August. We both had strong feelings for Mount Rushmore and knew it would be a year before we would be able to visit Mount Rushmore again… Read On

Rushmore Love Stories: First Kiss

“In 1980, I was working as a seasonal park ranger at Jewel Cave National Monument and went on a date with one of my coworkers, another seasonal park ranger. Bill took me out to dinner at the Powder House Lodge in Keystone one warm summer evening, and following a fine dinner, we went to Mount Rushmore to see the sculpture lighting… Read On

Find Your Park Festival

We would like to invite you to attend the fifth annual Find Your Park Festival on Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 10 am – 2pm in Main Street Square, Rapid City. Now, more than ever, the public needs to Find THEIR Park! Please let us know if you’d like to be a vendor for this event… Read On

“Thank You, Buddy!”

Each person that visits Mount Rushmore develops a unique connection to this special site. Every day, we hear stories of people who have traveled from near and far to experience the Memorial, and we love to hear the stories about how their lives are forever changed.This is YOUR Legacy. This is YOUR Mount Rushmore… Read On

Lloyd Shelton Honored with the Society’s Friend of the Faces Individual Award

The Mount Rushmore Society crew (Director of Retail Anna Raue, COO Debbie Speas and CEO Diana Saathoff) surprised Xanterra’s Food And Beverage Manager Lloyd Shelton on his last day of work with the Society’s Friend of the Faces Individual Award. Lloyd has had a career in the tourism industry and worked at Mount Rushmore for over 13 years… Read On

Naturalization Ceremony Returns to Mount Rushmore

The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota will hold a Naturalization Ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on Monday, June 21, at 11 am in which approximately 50 people will become new American citizens. The ceremony will be held in the Amphitheater and is sponsored by the Mount Rushmore Society… Read On

All Park Stores to Re-open Soon!

As Mount Rushmore’s Renovation and Paver Project is almost complete and the CDC has relaxed mask mandates for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID, we plan to re-open all of our locations in the near future. By mid-June, the Visitor Center Bookstore, Information Center Bookstore, Sculptor’s Studio Bookstore and Mount Rushmore Self-Guided Tours will be back in action. … Read On

What’s Happening at Mount Rushmore This Summer?

We are excited to announce that Mount Rushmore’s Renovation and Paver Project is 93% complete. This means that all buildings and walkways should be accessible by June 18! Currently, the Information Center and the Self-Guided Tour Building are closed due to construction, but this will change by mid-June. The project improved the walking surface up to the Grand View Terrace… Read On

New Superintendent at Mount Rushmore Named

The Mount Rushmore Society welcomes Michelle Wheatley as the new superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. A 21-year veteran of the National Park Service, Wheatley has worked in a variety of national parks all over the western U.S. and currently serves as superintendent of Jewel Cave National Monument. She assumed her role at Mount Rushmore on March 28. “It is truly an honor to be selected as the superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial,”… Read On

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