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:
It is one great purpose of the Park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers, who have no opportunity to spend their summers in the country, a specimen of God's handiwork that shall be to them, inexpensively, what a month or two in the White Mountains or the Adirondacks is, at great cost, to those in easier circumstances.
75th Anniversary of Marian Anderson's Concert at the Lincoln Memorial
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Robert Vogel, Superintendent of the National Parks Service, leads the ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial. DOI
Karin Paludan, Washington Performing Arts Society Teaching Artist, leads Washington D.C's Ross Elementary School 3rd Grade Class and the WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir in a number that Marian Anderson sang. DOI
Secretary Jewell and D.C. 4th-grade student Sky Jabali-Rainey, who is seen dressed as Marian Anderson, commemorate Anderson's historic 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. DOI
WASHINGTON – On April 9, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined the Washington Performing Arts Society and local high school and elementary school children on the plaza of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate Marian Anderson's historic Easter Day concert in 1939.