In October of 2016, South Dakota will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the state’s most iconic landmark, Mount Rushmore National Memorial. All year long, in congruence with the National Park Service’s centennial, events at the memorial and across the state will reflect on the significance and rich history of this beloved monument.
The festivities kicked off on New Year’s Day at the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, where South Dakota’s float embodied the state’s history and culture, including a massive depiction of the four presidential faces of Mount Rushmore.
Then, for a more in-depth look at how the monument came to be, visit the Journey Museum in Rapid City from July to October for the Journey to Mount Rushmore exhibit. This four-month showcase will explore the memorial’s complicated evolution from conception to completion. You’ll learn about the trials of sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln, and the nearly 14 years of work that went into making their dream a reality.
Visit Mount Rushmore throughout 2016 for an up-close look at the 60-foot-tall granite faces. You can walk in the shadow of greatness along the half-mile trail at the base of the mountain, revealing unique perspectives of the monument. And, make sure to stick around until nightfall to see the nightly lighting ceremony held at the park’s outdoor amphitheater.
Make sure to check back often for updated event details and festivities commemorating the 75th anniversary!