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Mount Rushmore Audio Tour Wins National Award

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KEYSTONE, S.D. – The Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL) recently named Mount Rushmore National Memorial’s audio tour as the winner in the audio/visual division during the 2007 Media and Partnership Awards held in Sacramento, CA, on March 19, 2007. For 30 years, APPL has promoted the development of quality not-for-profit organizations that work in harmony with public lands agencies to achieve mutual goals and inspire the public.

Mount Rushmore Audio Tour: Living Memorial incorporates a lightweight handheld wand which features narration, music, interviews, sound effects and historic recordings of Gutzon Borglum, Lincoln Borglum, Mary Ellis Borglum Vhay, Native Americans and several workers. Visitors can listen to this self-guided tour while sitting in a favorite spot at the memorial or walking around the park on a suggested route. The tour and accompanying brochure and map are translated into Spanish, German and Lakota. More languages may be added in the future.

The project was entirely funded by the Mount Rushmore History Association working with Q Media Productions of Florida, a committee consisting of the National Park Service, the Mount Rushmore History Association staff/committee members and the Mount Rushmore Memorial Society board members developed the direction, content and flow of the tour. The wands themselves were developed by TourMate, internationally known for developing quality audio tour technology for parks and museums.

The tour is available for $5, inclusive of sales tax in the Audio Tour Building during the summer months and in the Mount Rushmore History Association Bookstore located in the Information Center in the winter. Come listen to the voices of the mountain…the people whose vision inspires thousands every year.