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Digital Photography: Black Hills, Badlands and Mount Rushmore Area

Program Number: 13984RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/22/2014 - 9/27/2014; 5/22/2016 - 5/27/2016; 9/26/2016 - 10/1/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Price starting at: $966.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Photography Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Let your lens capture the patriotic essence of Mount Rushmore and the elusive mystique of Crazy Horse Monument in the Black Hills and the layers of color and spine-shaped peaks of the Badlands. With hands-on instruction by a professional photographer, learn the basics of digital photography’s composition, exposure and lighting.


• Capture photos unique to Rapid City, including life-size president’s Statues, rose garden and Stave Kirk.
• Snap photos of Mount Rushmore and Custer state park from various angles, spotting prairie grasses, water falls, bison, bighorn sheep and golden eagles.
• Let your lens capture banded colors, sharp peaks and valleys of the Badlands, then capture the mystery of Devils Tower’s granite columns towering into the sky.

Activity Particulars

Walking 1-2 miles a day on hilly terrain; groomed paths. Elevations of 5,600 feet.

Photographers of all skill levels welcome.

Date Specific Information


The annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup will be Friday, September 26, 2014. This event is part of your program. For more information about the Buffalo Roundup, google South Dakota Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Join over 12,000 people to watch the Park Staff and volunteer Cowboys and Cowgirls roundup 1,200 bison then sort, brand and check the physical health of the herd.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

Coordinated by South Dakota and Regional Traveling Studies.

Rapid City

Founded by gold prospectors in 1876, this center for commerce, culture and education for the high plains region also boasts rich Old West history and a premier location near major Black Hills and Wyoming attractions, including Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse National monuments, as well as Wind Cave National Park.

Comfortable hotel with indoor swimming pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Harlan Humphrey

A native of South Dakota, Harlan Humphrey has always loved to capture the beauty of nature through his photography. For 20 years, Harlan traveled the world during his Army career, retiring as a LTC. He spent 15 years in Alaska, enjoying the wonders of nature, before moving back to his native state of South Dakota. Within the last few years, he has had the time to devote to his love of wildlife and nature photography, and has had his work published numerous times in South Dakota Magazine. He has received honors at the Dahl Mountain Photo Contest, and serves as president of the Black Hills Photography Club. The beautiful Black Hills and Badlands National Park are Harlan’s favorite haunts for pursuing his love of nature photography.
Meals and Lodgings
   Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites
  Rapid City, SD 5 nights
 Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: This 2002 Rapid City hotel is located six long blocks from downtown Rapid City with easy access off I-90, Exit 57, Exit 1C (from east or west) or from highway 79 and Mount Rushmore Road coming from the south.
  Contact info: 950 North Street
Rapid City, SD 57701 USA
phone: 888-578-4657 xor6057374656
  Room amenities: All rooms feature high-speed Internet access, voice mail, in-room coffee, hair dryers, iron/boards and expanded cable with HBO/Showtime.
  Facility amenities: There is an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, exercise room, guest laundry and continental breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m. There is not a restaurant at the hotel, snacks are available to purchase or walk three blocks to the nearest restaurant/dining facility.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for current prices. Contact hotel directly for pre and post room costs, call 888-578-4657 or 605-737-4656.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for current prices. Contact hotel directly for pre and post room costs, call 888-578-4657 or 605-737-4656.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Meet your Road Scholar Director in the hotel hospitality room at 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with continental breakfast available at hotel prior to independent departures. Check out by noon. You will be staying at Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking available at no cost at the hotel the entire week. SDRTS and hotel not liable for vehicles in parking lot.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rapid City, SD
  Nearest city or town:  Sturgis, SD 25 miles
  Nearest highway: I-90
  Nearest airport:  Rapid City Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Rapid City, SD
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

To hotel in Rapid City


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express Shuttle
phone: 800-357-9998 xor6053999999


Per Person/One Way:


Hotel pays for shuttle.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 to 30 minutes one way. 




Approximately 7 miles.


Advanced reservations are suggested but not required from the airport to the hotel. However, advanced reservations are required returning to the airport from the hotel. The hotel will give the shuttle driver a voucher for your fare to and from the airport, you don't have to do anything with the vouchers. A tip for the driver is NOT included. You can tip the shuttle driver individually.


From hotel in Rapid City


To Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airport Express Shuttle
phone: 800-357-9998 xor6053999999
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Hotel pays for shuttle.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 to 30 minutes one way. 




Approximately 7 miles.


The hotel will give the shuttle driver a voucher for your fare to and from the airport, you don't have to do anything with the vouchers. A tip for the driver is NOT included. You can tip the shuttle driver individually. Advanced reservations are required when returning to the airport from the hotel, contact the front desk personnel for assistance.

Driving Directions
  From Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites From hotel take exit 1C to Exit 57 and I-90 to travel east or west. To travel south, from hotel take Mount Rushmore Road south to Catron Blvd (truck bypass), turn left (east) until you intersect highway 79. Turn right and continue on 79 south towards NE or CO.
  To Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites If coming from the West or East on I-90, take Exit 57 to Exit 1C. Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites is located on the left. When coming to Rapid City from the South via Highway 79, turn left at Catron Blvd (truck bypass) to Mount Rushmore Road and follow this street all the way through town until North Street, turn left, one block to the hotel.
Elevation Note: Elevations range from 3,400 feet in Rapid City to approximately 5,700 feet in the Black Hills.

Equipment Requirements: Equipment requirements: Digital DSLR or compact (point and shoot) camera, minimum of two large memory cards for camera, tripod, lenses (wide angle and telephoto) for SDLR cameras, cable release if you have one, laptop computer for processing (if you want to do this while at program), flash/jump drive (if you want to have any of your images critiqued), storage device/drive for images, batteries and charger for camera, polarizer filters and neutral density filters if you have them, your CAMERA MANUAL and it would be advantageous to you and the rest of the group to be quite familiar with your camera. Pack comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Meet your Road Scholar Director; Downtown Rapid City Photo Shoot, Dinner and Orientation.
(Monday, September 22)

Note: Depart hotel for downtown Rapid City, a distance of about eight blocks. A handout of suggested photo equipment and instructions for the photo shoot will be provided before leaving the hotel.

 Arrive To: Meet at 4:00 p.m. in the hotel's designated room for the Road Scholar Welcome Reception. At 4:30 p.m., depart hotel for downtown Rapid City.

Walk and photograph some of the Presidents on the street corners in downtown Rapid City. The City of Presidents project began in 2000 to honor the legacy of the American presidency. Each year, four presidential sculptures are added in downtown Rapid City. Each of the sculptures is privately funded, and the pattern of placement was chosen to maintain a coherent structure and eliminate any sense of favoritism or political gain. The project was completed in 2010. The present sculptures were created by five talented South Dakota artists: Edward Hlavka, Lee Leuning, John Lopez, James Michael Maher, and James Van Nuys.

Another unique photo shoot opportunity is Rapid City's Art Alley, a graffiti-filled downtown alley adorned with a variety of sizes and themes of urban artwork.

You will want to take your camera with a short lens or maybe even a wide-angle lens if you have one for images in Art Alley. Because light will be limited in the alley a tripod will help you get some sharp images at slow shutter speeds. You can take images without your tripod but will have to use higher ISO settings to get enough shutter speed to prevent camera shake. It will be a fun opportunity to take images of downtown Rapid City.
 Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Catered dinner at the hotel. A short welcome and orientation to follow.
Accommodations: Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Travel to photo shoot sites: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Stockade Lake, Sylvan Lake-evening light, Wild Flowers and Birds.
(Tuesday, September 23)

Note: Today's field trip photo shoot will require walking and standing boardwalks, sidewalks, wood deck viewing area and hard-packed dirt walking trail (1 mile). Elevation ranges from 5,250 to 6,400 feet.

 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Each day your photo instructors travel with you answering questions, offering critiques if so desired, and working with each person on location. Daily handouts list what equipment to bring, camera settings for optimal images, and the focus of each photo shoot.

When it is deemed safe to stop or pull over, unscheduled photo opportunities (different types of animals, seasonal flowers and foliage) will be incorporated.

Learn about the local history, culture and geology of the area while on the road between photo sites.

This morning's photo shoot takes you to Mount Rushmore. For Mount Rushmore recommend you have a short lens or short zoom lens on your camera to take images of the Monument. A tripod would be recommended as well. You may want to use a polarizer if you have one. A perfect lens of 24-105mm would be a good range to have on your camera. The nation's "Shrine of Democracy's" massive granite sculpture that memorializes four American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Discover why the four presidents were selected, see how the mountain was carved and learn about sculptor Gutzon Borglum and the workers who brought Mount Rushmore to life. Capture shots of these magnificent 60-foot heads from several locations including the terrace, the Presidential Trail or discover your own hidden spot. Be on the lookout for the elusive Mountain Goats that hang out at Mount Rushmore too.

Late morning: Photography lecture with your photography instructors in classroom at Crazy Horse. This class incorporates basic photography skills and the exposure triangle (shutter speed, ISO and aperture). Instructor’s will cover composition, lighting, depth of field, motion control, and other basic aspects of good photography techniques. A questions and answer session to follow.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Laughing Waters Restaurant at Crazy Horse.
 Afternoon: Crazy Horse Memorial: For images of Crazy Horse, it is recommend your have a short zoom lens on your camera. A tripod may be helpful as well. A fifth granite face has emerged in the Black Hills. Crazy Horse is the largest sculptural undertaking ever – on a scale with the Egyptian pyramids. When completed, it will tower 563 feet high, 641 feet long and be carved in the round. Watch history in the making as drilling and blasting continue on the rest of the sculpture. In 1939, Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear invited sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to carve an Indian memorial in the Black Hills. Through Korczak died in 1982, the sculptor’s wife and family continue the non-profit project. Feel the "spirituality of the mountain" as you focus your lens on Chief Crazy Horse.

Travel to Stockade Lake in pursuit of heron and osprey images. A telephoto lens would be great if you have an opportunity to shoot images of the blue heron and osprey.

For Sylvan Lake, you will want your landscape lens to get images of the rock formations and sunset. A tripod is highly recommended since the light fades at sunset. A graduated neutral density filter will help you balance out the light for the sunset as well.

Continue on to Sylvan Lake and Lodge. Explore the area around the Lodge before dinner. Rich in history and natural beauty, Sylvan Lake holds the designation as the crown jewel of Custer State Park. The lake was created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch. In 1921, this unique lake became a part of the newly created Custer State Park. In 1895, a Victorian-style hotel opened its doors on the shores of Sylvan Lake. The hotel was a popular site for many Black Hills vacationers until it burned to the ground in 1935. The current lodge was opened in 1937, and a new wing was added in 1991.
 Dinner: Dinner at Sylvan Lake Lodge. Take in the breathtaking scenery of Harney Peak and the surrounding area from the veranda and dining room while enjoying one of the chef’s specialties.
 Evening: After dinner: Walk the Sylvan Lake Shore Trail (a one mile loop) to capture granite formations, reflections on the water, water fowl, and the evening light. Sunset is approximately 8:24 p.m. Estimated arrival time back to the hotel is 10:00 p.m. Overnight at Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites.
Accommodations: Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit Chapel in the Hills Stavkirke, Journey Museum and world famous Wall Drug before capturing the afternoon lighting of sharp peaks, valleys and delicately banded colors of Badlands National Park.
(Wednesday, September 24)

Note: Walking in the Badlands is on boardwalks, dirt paths and some uneven ground. Sidewalks and museum in Rapid City.

 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Early morning light opportunity: Meet your instructor in the hotel lobby at 5:15 a.m. to walk to Rapid Creek (two blocks) for some early light reflection shots. You will want a short lens and your tripod for shooting in low, early light.

Depart hotel at 8:00 a.m. for a visit to the Chapel in the Hills or Stavkirke Church. Bring your landscape lens for outdoors and your tripod for images taken inside the church. Sometimes wildlife can be seen here as well and a telephoto lens may be used for those images. Built in 1969, the Chapel is a replica of the famous 842 year-old church built in Borgund, Norway. The structure combines Norse Dragon heads, Christian symbols, fancy roof shingles and pegged-timber construction make the church one of Rapid City’s most photographed landmarks. There also is a grass-roofed Stabbur welcome center and Log Cabin Museum.

Mid-morning:The Journey Museum takes you on an incredible trek through time, from the violent upheaval that formed the mystical Black Hills over 2.5 billion years ago to the continuing saga of the Western Frontier. For shooting museum images, you will want a short lens and a tripod to sharpen images in the low light. The museum brings together four major prehistoric and historic collections to tell the complete story of the Western Great Plains - from the perspective of the Lakota people and the pioneers who shaped its past, to the scientists who now study it. Discover where dinosaurs lie buried beneath the prairie soil, learn why the Sioux called their sacred Black Hills the "Center of the Universe" and experience the hardships of the homesteaders as they settled the formidable wilderness. When your journey is complete, you will fully understand the legacy of the land and its people. You are welcome to take photos at the museum except for one area in the Sioux Indian section (signs will tell you which areas photos are not permitted).
 Lunch: Buffet lunch in Rapid City.
 Afternoon: Travel on to Wall and Wall Drug. Images inside the world famous Wall Drug Store need a steady hold or flash. Outdoors and in backyard of the store, a hand held is ok. Learn all about the ingenious marketing campaign that started the multi-million dollar business with Wall Drug signs now found all over the world. Take a few minutes to enjoy the multi-million dollar Western Art collection (many originals) displayed in the restaurant section.

Continue on to Badlands National Park in the late afternoon to incorporate the optimal light just before sunset. Your photography instructors recommend using a landscape lens on your camera and a tripod when light conditions are low for sunset images. There will be opportunities for wildlife images as well. Wild flowers will also be available to photograph with a short lens or telephoto lens. As you wait for the perfect shot, keep in mind how a conservation writer described the region (Badlands) as "peaks and valleys of delicately banded colors-colors that shift in the sunshine....and a thousand tints that color charts do not show" and a paleontologist states, "Fancy yourself on the hottest day in the summer without water, without an animal in sight, without a single flower to speak pleasant things to you and you will have some idea of the utter loneliness of the Badlands." Frank Lloyd Wright said this, "What I saw gave me an indescribable sense of mysterious elsewhere--a distant architecture, ethereal...., an endless supernatural world more spiritual than earth but created out of it." Dinner tonight is a sack lunch in the Badlands~ to accommodate the evening sunset
 Dinner: Eat your sack lunch while waiting for that "perfect evening light" in the Badlands.
 Evening: Return to hotel approximately 9:30 p.m. Overnight at Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites.
Accommodations: Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Travel to Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway for spectacular images of the canyon, waterfalls, and Roughlock State Park. Photograph Devils Tower National Monument from various angles while walking the trail. Watch for birds, animals and rock climbers.
(Thursday, September 25)

Note: Walking today is mostly flat, packed dirt trails, and some stairs at Spearfish Canyon and waterfalls area. Paved trail (uphill in beginning) 1.3 mile walk at Devils Tower.

 Breakfast: Continental breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Travel to Devils Tower (2 hour drive): The National Park Information best describes Devils Tower this way: “In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the new Antiquities Act. About 60 million years ago molten magma was forced into sedimentary rocks above it and cooled underground. As it cooled it contracted and fractured into columns. An earlier flow formed Little Missouri Buttes. Over millions of years, erosion of the sedimentary rock exposed Devils Tower and accentuated Little Missouri Buttes. The Tower rises 867 feet from the base and stands 1,267 feet above the river and 5, 112 feet above sea level. The area of its tear-drop shaped top is 1.5 acres and the diameter of its base is 1,000 feet.”

At Devils Tower Visitor Center, you will learn about the geological story of the Tower, the Indian Legend, the human phase of the story, and about the different kinds of birds, animals, trees and plants that thrive in the area. You will have a chance to walk the paved Tower Trail (1.3 miles) around the base of the Tower (walk is optional). Seeing the Tower up close, you may be reminded of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 science fiction movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and Devils Tower.

For images at Devils Tower, you will want a short lens on as you walk around the tower. It is a very large structure and you will not be able to get a great composition without a short lens. There will be opportunities for flowers as well so you will want to have a tripod with you on the walk.
 Lunch: Sack lunch at Devils Tower picnic area.
 Afternoon: Travel to Spearfish Canyon this afternoon. For the Spearfish Canyon waterfalls, you will want a short lens and maybe even a wide-angle lens to get all of the falls in your image. Depending on lighting, you may want a graduated neutral density filter as well to hold back the lighting in the sky above the falls. Depending on lighting you may also need a neutral density filter to be able to get a slow enough shutter speed to have a blurred impact on the water as it falls.

Spearfish Canyon's Highway 14A is designated as a National Scenic Byway. White limestone cliffs rise on every side. Ponderosa pine look as if they grow out of the rocks. There's a strip of blue sky overhead and rushing Spearfish Creek below. Bridal Veil and Spearfish falls are popular attractions. Roughlock Falls State Park is an idyllic setting in a side canyon to Spearfish Canyon and makes Roughlock Falls one of the most photographed beauty spots in the Black Hills. Little Spearfish Creek flows down a spectacular chasm, then tumbles off a 50-foot limestone ledge in a series of lacy cascades. There will be a critique session after dinner tonight. If you want your images to be critiqued, you must have them on a jump drive and give them to the instructor BEFORE arriving back to Rapid City.
 Dinner: Catered dinner at the hotel. Overnight Howard Johnson Express Inn and Suites.
 Evening: Time to be announced: Critique session with photography instructors in hotel meeting room. After the BIG day, it will be tough to decide which images to delete and which ones to keep.
Accommodations: Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: This is the morning you will be competing for the "perfect" place for today's photo shoot of the Roundup. Late afternoon, visit the Mammoth Site.
(Friday, September 26)

Note: You will be standing and/or sitting (folding sports chairs) out on the prairie grass covered hillside. Flat but gravel and grassy areas surround the Buffalo Corrals (lunch and afternoon events).

 Breakfast: Pick up your continental breakfast at the hotel before departing for the Buffalo Roundup. We leave at 5:30 a.m.
 Morning: You will be standing and/or sitting (folding sports chairs provided) out on the grassy hillside. All roundup activities are outside. For your images in Custer State Park and the Roundup, you will want to bring all of your photography equipment. Instructors recommend you have a telephoto lens on for images of critters in the park or a zoom telephoto lens. You will have opportunities for flowers as well so you can use your telephoto lens for that or a macro lens. Definitely will want to have a tripod with you as well. There also may be opportunities to take landscape images of the prairie.

The Custer State Park Annual Buffalo Roundup event (last Friday of September) offers the public a chance to watch the Buffalo passing by as park personnel and cowhands do their best to drive the Park's herd into the Buffalo Corrals. Some Bison facts: Largest land mammal in North America; can stand six feet at the shoulders and weigh over 2,000 pounds; clocked at speeds of 50 mph; bulls can easily push a one-ton opponent backwards; Tatanka, means big or large thing in Lakota; paw the ground and raise their tail as a warning when angry; meat is high in protein but low in cholesterol and calories; and face straight into the storm, whereas domestic livestock face away. Just getting a close up look at those Majestic Bison Bulls is worth the effort of getting up early to head to the park.
 Lunch: Today's lunch is a BBQ Sandwich, chips, beans and cookies at the Buffalo Roundup Tent.

Custer State Park covers 71,000 acres, making it one of the largest state Parks in the nation. From its northern sector, in the shadow of 7,242-foot-high Harney Peak, to the forest, meadows and prairies of its southeast corner you will see bison, one of the largest publicly owned bison herds in the country numbering between 1,000 to 1,300; pronghorn antelope; prairie dogs; mule and whitetail deer; burros; coyotes; wild turkeys; elk; mountain goats; bighorn sheep and golden eagles.
 Afternoon: At 1:00 p.m. watch the Custer State Park Staff as they brand, vaccinate, cull and check the health of the bison. This is also the time when the Bison are either sent back into the Park or put into separate pens to be sold at the annual Buffalo Auction in November. The annual roundup is conducted to keep the bison population in check with the available grassland forage. The revenues from the sale (about 450 animals) help support the day-to-day operations of the Park.

Mid-afternoon: Travel to Hot Springs. Capture one-of-a-kind photos at the world-class Mammoth Site. For your images in the Mammoth Site, you will want a short lens and a tripod. Low lighting may be challenge and hand held images will be difficult to take. This is a unique opportunity to get some great shots of this dig site.

This is the only facility of its kind in North America and is designated as a National Natural Landmark. It is the world’s largest mammoth research facility. The animals found at the site are exactly where they died. According to Dr. Agenbroad, the Mammoth Site is truly a gift from nature-our inheritance held in trust for over 26,000 years. Once gigantic mammoths roamed freely on the High Plains of North America and their remains, along with those of other animals now extinct, lay undisturbed, entombed within the earth. Scientists estimate the remains of more than 100 mammoths are accumulated in this small area. The majority of fossils found at the Mammoth Site are from the North American Columbian mammoth (over 60). Evidence of three woolly mammoths have also been discovered, making it an “east meets west mammoth gathering” the first time both species have been found together. Other fossils discovered include the camel, llama, giant short-faced bear, wolf, coyote and prairie dog to name a few. The fossils, not petrified, are dry and fragile.
 Dinner: Catered dinner at hotel in Rapid City.
 Evening: Farewell Gathering: After dinner, gather in the hotel meeting room for a short farewell. Share your favorite photos of the week and say "goodbye" to new friends and staff. Program concludes with this event and overnight stay.
Accommodations: Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Continental breakfast at the hotel served 6:00 am to 9:00 am. Independent departures anytime before hotel check-out time at noon.
(Saturday, September 27)
 Breakfast: Continental breakfast available starting at 6:00 AM. Independent departures from hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Rapid City, SD South Dakota
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Suggested Reading List

Black Elk Speaks

Author: John Neihardt

Description: This book gives the reader a good background of the Northern Plains Indian Culture and Religion.

Exploring with Custer - The 1874 Black Hills Expedition

Author: Paul Horsted

Description: General George Armstrong Custer's journey to the Black Hills 8n 1874 was better documented than any other military expedition of the Old West. This book blends the photographs of William H. Illingworth and their present-day counterparts with selections from all known accounts to paint a unique portrait of everyday life along the trail. Join the first military expedition in the Black Hills, brought to life through striking photographs and vivid stories of the adventure. Color and black and white photography throughout.

Six Wars At A Time

Author: Audrey and Howard Shaff

Description: The life and times of Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore.

Standing Witness: Devils Tower National Monument, A History

Author: Jeanne Rogers

The Carving of Mount Rushmore

Author: Rex Alan Smith

Description: This work tells the story of the spectacular artistic and engineering project of carving the American presidents' portraits on Mount Rushmore. It describes how it was conceived and carried out. The author was brought up in sight of Mount Rushmore and witnessed the work in progress.

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