Mount Rushmore National Memorial under construction.
The workers had to endure conditions that varied from blazing hot to bitterly cold and windy. Each day they climbed 700 stairs to the top of the mountain to punch-in on the time clock. Then 3/8 inch thick steel cables lowered them over the front of the 500-foot face of the mountain in a "bosun chair." Despite the dangers, no one was killed during the project.
Otters in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The sea otter population of Glacier Bay has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. Ecologists consider sea otters a keystone species here. Otters consume vast quantities of clams, urchins, crabs, and other invertebrates and their presence creates ripples through the ecosystem. NPS photo.
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With more than 80% of Americans living in urban areas, urban parks are more important than ever. The father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, said of urban parks:
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Secretary Salazar to Recognize Role and Influence of American Latinos as Part of Building an Inclusive America
Will Participate in Labor Department Ceremony Honoring Cesar Chavez and Address HACU Annual Capitol Forum
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Monday, Mar. 26, Secretary of the Interior will participate in two events highlighting the role American Latinos have played in shaping our history—from the founding of St. Augustine five centuries ago to the farm worker movement led by Cesar Chavez to the present day—and the need to continue to invest in higher education for young Latinos as our future leaders.
In the morning, Salazar will join Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to honor the contributions of farm workers with the induction of the Pioneers of the Farm Worker Movement into the Labor Hall of Honor. As part of the ceremony, the Department of Labor's auditorium will be re-named as the Cesar Chavez Memorial Auditorium.
In the afternoon, Salazar will address the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) 17th Annual Capitol Forum. Established in 1986, HACU represents over 400 colleges and universities around the world and is focused on promoting and providing educational opportunities for students. During his remarks, Salazar will reflect on Interior's work with the Latino community, including the American Latino Heritage Initiative and efforts to attract and engage a more diverse workforce.
EVENT 1: Department of Labor Hall of Honor and Auditorium Re-naming Ceremony
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor
Department of Labor Hall of Honor Induction and Auditorium Re-naming