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Turtle Soup - "The Women of Mount Rushmore"

March 15, 2019  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Feed your mind and your belly with Turtle Soup, featuring a presentation on historic Black Hills figures or events and a bowl of soup provided by Angel’s Catering.

This week, Jeanie Kirkpatrick presents, "The Women of Mount Rushmore." This presentation is part of our Women in History Month events.

Carving started on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 1927. It continued for 14 years, with the help of hundreds of people.

At this Turtle Soup, you’ll examine the women workers during the carving years of Mount Rushmore. You’ll learn about the different jobs these women did and the pay they received.

As Kirkpatrick says, “There were more than just men on the mountain ... and they did not always stay on the ground.”

Mount Rushmore Facts:
  • The heads of former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt are each about 60 feet tall.
  • More than 2 million tourists visit each year.
  • Mount Rushmore cost $989,992.32 to build.
Kirkpatrick is a historian, author and Iowa State University alumna. She also has a love of aprons and the story that they tell. In 2017, she wrote “50 Years of Dating Aprons 1894-1944.” She and her family call the Black Hills of South Dakota home.

Admission for Turtle Soup is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats. 

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Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.