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Jewel Cave Hosts Theodore Roosevelt on July 4th


Custer, S.D. – Jewel Cave National Monument is excited to announce that Gib Young, professional Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, will be performing a living history program on Tuesday, July 4.  From 1 to 5 p.m. at the visitor center, guests will be able to experience the Monument with the former President.  Throughout the holiday afternoon, Mr. Young will also be available for autographs and photos.

Although he never set foot on-site, Theodore Roosevelt declared Jewel Cave a National Monument on February 7, 1908 using the Antiquities Act. The cave was run by a private corporation until 1933, when the National Park Service began overseeing the Monument.  Numerous changes have occurred over the last 109 years, but visitors can expect to be transported back to the early 1900s during this engaging program.

Theodore Roosevelt was passionate about the outdoors and is considered one of the great pioneers when it comes to protecting cultural and natural resources purely for the enjoyment of future generations. From 1906 to 1909, he used the Antiquities Act to create eighteen National Monuments, many of which later became National Parks.

Superintendent Bonnie Schwartz states, “July 4th is an incredible time to visit the beautiful Black Hills and explore the region’s natural and cultural sites. To celebrate the holiday even further, we are fortunate to have President Roosevelt with us, to share his passion for the resource and the Monument.”

Jewel Cave is open daily during the summer season from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with four different cave tour options.  For more information, visit the Monument online at  Visitors are also welcome to call the Monument directly at (605) 673-8300.  For event information or to follow the happenings at the Monument, online guests can follow through social media sites, such as and

Gib Young has been performing as Theodore Roosevelt for over a decade, including appearances at nearby Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone and Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming.


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Bradley Block, Chief of Interpretation
Jewel Cave National Monument
Phone: 605-673-8330