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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Secretary Salazar to Celebrate New Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument
National Monuments Will Generate Tourism and Economic Benefits for Local Economies, Honor America's Diverse History, Conserve Key Landscapes
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following President Obama's designation of five new national monuments yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will travel to each of the sites over the coming days to celebrate with local officials and community stakeholders who have worked to secure recognition for these national crown jewels.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27, Secretary Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis will join local officials and stakeholders to celebrate the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The monument commemorates the life of the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad who was responsible for helping enslaved people escape from bondage to freedom. The event is open press and media are encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 5:30 PM.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis
Patricia Ross Hawkins, Tubman descendant
Bob Stanton, senior advisor to the Secretary and former National Park Service Director
Local officials and community stakeholders
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument Celebration
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
10:30 a.m. EDT (guest check-in)
11:00 a.m. EDT (ceremony)
11:45 a.m. EDT (media availability)
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
2145 Key Wallace Drive Cambridge, MD 21613
Note: Parking is not available at the Visitor Center. Parking and shuttle service will be provided from the Blackwater maintenance compound located at:
2430 Key Wallace Drive Cambridge, MD 21613
The event is open press and media are encouraged to RSVP to Jessica Kershaw (email@example.com) by Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 5:30 PM.