Mount Rushmore Society gets office building
RAPID CITY, S.D. – After 88 years, the Mount Rushmore Society has an office building. On Wednesday, they had a ribbon-cutting and open house.
The society supports Mount Rushmore National Memorial and is the official fundraising partner for the National Park Service. They provide the funds for projects such as sculpture preservation, the Junior Ranger program, the annual Naturalization Ceremony and more.
The office building was made in the 1930s and was originally used as an addition to the Rapid City Motor Company. Throughout the years, different businesses have resided in the building.
Diana Nielsen Saathoff has been the CEO of the society for almost 20 years.
“This has been a topic of discussion for about the last decade, so it’s a big day for me. For the organization, it really is a big step,” said Nielsen Saathoff.
The Steven’s High School drumline made a grand entrance to kick off the ribbon cutting. Whitney Recountre of Rural America Initiatives also gave a blessing with a Lakota song.
Members from all over the community attended in support of the monument that represents South Dakota. Among those people was President Teddy Roosevelt – well actually, a man dressed as him.
Over 20 organizations participated in bringing the office to life. Ainsworth-Benning Construction started the renovations back in May of this year. Fennel Design and Co-op Architecture transformed the design of the building and made it into a permanent home for the Mount Rushmore Society.
The building has an activity hall where they will hold events. They may rent the space out to other organizations in the future.