Mt. Rushmore Bookstores Wins National Award
Mount Rushmore Memories, published by the Mount Rushmore Bookstores at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, was the winner in the General Interest Publications book category during the Association of Partners for Public Lands Media and Partnership Awards held March 7, 2012, in Las Vegas, NV. The APPL Media & Partnership Awards program recognizes the outstanding contributions made by not-for-profit partners through essential materials that interpret our nation’s parks, refuges, monuments, forests, lakes, open spaces and historic places.
Mount Rushmore Memories is a collection of 120 memories about Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The Mount Rushmore Memories project began in December 2010 when an appeal was sent across the nation, requesting people to submit a memory that encapsulated what Mount Rushmore meant to them. Approximately 100 people offered memories, including visitors, employees, local residents, National Park Service employees, politicians and a former Rushmore carver, to name a few. The result is a visually stunning book, full of personal pictures, historic photos and memories that connect readers to the Mount Rushmore story. It was edited by Jean L.S. Patrick of Mitchell, SD, and Debbie M. Ketel of Rapid City, SD, and designed by Amanda Summers Design of Arizona. The book retails for $14.99 and is available at the Mount Rushmore Bookstores at the park, online at www.mountrushmoresociety.com, by calling 1-605-574-3142 or at other bookstores in the area.
One of the judges commented: “This is an excellent commemorative product that is not just a souvenir. It really does inform and provoke. Good job of editing visitor letters. Personal memories are interesting, different from usual approach.”
As a committee of the Mount Rushmore Society, the mission of the Mount Rushmore Bookstores is to support and assist the National Park Service with educational, historical and interpretive activities at Mount Rushmore. As a 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit organization, this committee raises funds for the park through the operation of three bookstores at the memorial, an audio tour outlet, membership program and publishing department.