We’ve breezed through some of the behind the scenes history of Mount Rushmore National Memorial this summer. The Memorial celebrated its 70th anniversary this year, and we couldn’t be more proud to have this “Shrine of Democracy” in our great state of South Dakota.
In T.D. Griffith’s “America’s Shrine of Democracy: A Pictorial History,” he described the mission of the National Park Service and goal of administrators atMount Rushmore:
In 1941, Mount Rushmore’s administrative and protective responsibility was assigned to the National Park Service. Since that time, Mount Rushmorehas been managed under the spirit and intent of the original act that established the park service. It remains committed to offering a quality visitor experience through multicultural programs and interpretation while protecting this unique resource that is the combination of natural-forested setting and man-made art. A part of protecting the carving means flirting with danger each fall while inspecting the faces and filling cracks in an effort to preserve the memorial.
And this fall was no different, crews were again inspecting the carving for cracks and filling any imperfections in order to keep the monument its best for years to come.
Recently, the National Park Service announced that they have again cancelled the fireworks display at Mount Rushmore for the 2012 Independence Day Celebration. However, even without fireworks the previous two years, the park has continued to put on a great event for visitors. According to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, over 21,000 people visited the Memorial onJuly 3, 2011, exceeding the 2009 and 2010 numbers. The primary reason for canceling the fireworks is still because of the risk of a wildfire breaking out.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial plans to once again hold a July 3 celebration, which will include cultural celebrations of American heritage, education sessions, and patriotism events. Several communities in theBlack Hillswill put on a fantastic display of fireworks for crowds to enjoy on July 4 without being of risk for forest fires.
This is the sixth part in a series of Mount Rushmorehistory posts. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society allowed us to share these great pieces of history about Mount Rushmore National Memorial, visit their website for more information. They can also be found on Facebook by searching for “Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society.”