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Mount Rushmore National Memorial to Host Heritage Exchange

4/22/2009
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(Keystone, SD) Superintendent Gerard Baker announces a National Park Service American Heritage Exchange will be held at Carvers Café at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on Sunday, May 3 from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. National Park Service rangers from Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and Devils Tower National Monument will host information exhibits about their natural and cultural resources, ranger-led activities and Junior Ranger programs. Representatives of the Sons of Norway and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society will share the art, crafts, storytelling and traditions that demonstrate their history and heritage. Jasmine Pickner will demonstrate traditional Lakota culture and dance. Joyce Jefferson will share stories of African American pioneers in the Black Hills. Families with children are especially invited to participate in the South Dakota Public Broadcasting Passport activity hosted by SDPB during which children collect stamps at the information exhibits, solve a puzzle and earn a prize. 
There will also be a writers’ workshop, “Revealing Voices from the Past,” in the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center, Theater B, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Wild Burro Writers’ Group of Hot Springs and SDPB. Dayton Duncan, award winning author and documentary film maker, and Jace DeCory, Black Hills State University American Indian Studies instructor and author will share the art of historical writing. Dayton Duncan is co-producer with Ken Burns for documentary productions including Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Horatio’s Drive, Mark Twain and the upcoming The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Jace DeCory is a member of the Lakota/Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and teaches Lakota art, history and philosophy. Dayton Duncan will be available to meet the public at Carver’s Café from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Information on the upcoming PBS documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea will be available throughout the day. This event is co-sponsored by South Dakota Public Broadcasting, The National Park Service, Xanterra Parks and Resorts, The Evelyn and Walter Hass, Jr. Fund and the South Dakota Humanities Council. 
There is no admission fee to the park. There is a $10.00 parking fee for Presidential Parking, Inc. For information on the event call Rhonda Schier at 605-574-3134 or email rhonda_schier@nps.gov. For information and registration for the writers’ workshop please call SDPB at 1-800-456-0766. 
 
 
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