Junior Ranger Quest

Tomorrow (April 18) is Junior Ranger Day.Play Junior Ranger Quest! Our country may still be experiencing impacts from COVID-19, but you can still learn about our FAVORITE national park site–Mount Rushmore! Download the FREE Junior Ranger Quest game on the Apple Store or Google Play now to become a Mount Rushmore Junior Ranger! Once you complete 12 of 16 challenges (and the Ranger Desks reopen)… Read On

COVID-19 Message from the CEO

“God bless America, land that I love, stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with the light from above.” Dear Friends of Mount Rushmore Society: I have always associated Mount Rushmore with this simple, spirited song. Written by Irving Berlin during World War I, it became part of our culture with the 1938 recording by Kate Smith… Read On

COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 virus continues to impact personal lives, professional lives and travel plans.  The National Park Service announced today that Mount Rushmore National Memorial will be closing the Information Center by 5 pm Friday. With that, our Mount Rushmore Bookstore in the Information Center will close as well. Xanterra will close the Carver’s Café and the Gift Shop by noon Friday… Read On

Independence Day Holiday Fireworks Event

The National Park Service (NPS) is evaluating a proposal by the State of South Dakota to host a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on July 3, 2020. This evaluation includes tribal consultation, as well as compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and Endangered Species Act (ESA). The NPS and State are working together to evaluate various operational… Read On

Lincoln Fun Fact #5

Illinois may be known as the Land of Lincoln, but Lincoln was born in a Kentucky log cabin on this day in 1809. In 1816, his father, Thomas, moved the family across the Ohio River to a 160-acre plot in southern Indiana where he spent his formative years. Lincoln did not migrate to Illinois until 1830… Read On

Lincoln Fun Fact #4

When he occupied the White House, the 16th president used the current Lincoln Bedroom as his personal office. It was there that he met with Cabinet members and signed documents, including the Emancipation Proclamation.February is Fun Facts About Lincoln Month! His birthday is February 12.In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, GIVE a HIGH FIVE ($5 that is) to help support programs and projects at Mount Rushmore National Memorial… Read On

Lincoln Fun Fact #3

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln is the Only President to Have Obtained a Patent? Benjamin Franklin isn’t the only American political leader who demonstrated an inventive mind. After being aboard a steamboat that ran aground on low shoals and had to unload its cargo, Lincoln, who loved tinkering with machines, designed a method for keeping vessels afloat when traversing shallow waters… Read On

Lincoln Fun Fact #2

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln Created the Secret Service Hours Before his Assassination?On April 14, 1865, Lincoln signed legislation creating the U.S. Secret Service. That evening, he was shot at Ford’s Theatre. Even if the Secret Service had been established earlier, it wouldn’t have saved Lincoln, as the original mission of the law enforcement agency was to combat widespread currency counterfeiting… Read On

Lincoln Fun Fact #1

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame?The Great Emancipator wasn’t quite WWE material, but thanks to his long limbs he was an accomplished wrestler as a young man. Defeated only once in approximately 300 matches, Lincoln reportedly talked a little smack in the ring. According to Carl Sandburg’s biography of Lincoln… Read On

Welcome, Patricia Trap!

Pictured above include (l-r): Acting National Park Service Director David Vela, CEO Diana Saathoff, Trap and NPS Regional Director Bert Frost. The National Park Service Regional Director Bert Frost has announced that Patricia Trap will be serving as acting superintendent at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. She assumed her temporary position on January 6, 2020. Trap is deputy regional director… Read On

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