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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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.
Secretary Salazar's Town Hall Explores Ways to Commemorate Women's History, Contributions to America
BALTIMORE – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today hosted a town hall discussion at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center as part of Interior's ongoing efforts to capture and tell a more inclusive story of America.
Attended by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, First Lady of Maryland Judge Katie O'Malley, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson, and more than 60 leaders in the women's history and heritage movement, the town hall focused on efforts to preserve and highlight the many contributions of women throughout American history.
“Interior has the unique responsibility and privilege to ensure that America's full story is told to current and future generations. This means celebrating the contributions of women throughout America's history - not just in our textbooks, but through the places that belong to all of us, like our national parks and landmarks,” said Salazar. “America's story is work in progress, and I look forward to working with the National Park Service and our partners across the country to paint a much fuller picture of the people and events that make up our national heritage.”
Interior's National Park Service – through its parks, national historic landmarks, and educational programs – plays an integral role in telling America's story. At present, however, less than 8 percent of the National Park System is estimated to be dedicated to women or women's achievements.
The Northeast Region of the National Park Service has a successful working partnership with the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites to help interpret women's history in that region of the country. Secretary Salazar today announced that Interior is working to expand and build this into a national agreement.
Additionally, the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009, included the “National Women's Rights History Project Act.” The bill authorizes the National Park Service to conduct a study of women's suffrage and women's rights historic sites across the country, and Interior is taking steps to launch the theme study.
There are 12 units of the National Park System that focus primarily on women, including the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca in New York; the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site in Richmond; the Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts; the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Washington, D.C.; and the Rosie the Riveter World War II Homefront National Historic Park in California.