June 29, 2013 |
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Considered by many as a turning point in the Civil War, the bloody three-day battle marked the highest number of casualties in the four-year conflict. The Union defeat of the Confederate army continued to resonate months later when President Abraham Lincoln recited the Gettysburg Address, regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history. Original notes and letters from the 16th president's childhood to his time in office are just a few of the documents on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
February 20, 2012 |
Presidents' Day used to celebrate the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln, but now all former leaders get a hail to the chief. The Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda marks the day by inviting the public to a free meet-up with America's early presidents. The Nixon Library : Admission is free today (Monday) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; tickets usually cost $11.95 for adults and $4.75 for children 7-11. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt -- the Mt. Rushmore Four -- will be on hand (well, actors playing them)
June 26, 2011
If you are heading to Mt. Rushmore, be sure to enjoy a meal at Powder House Lodge, a log cabin-style restaurant in Keystone, S.D., four miles north of the monument. The buffalo steak, encrusted walleye with twice-baked potato, mountain-sized crème brûlée and extensive wine list are all calling me. Rooms and cabins in a forest setting are available too. Powder House Lodge, 24125 Highway 16A, Keystone; (800) 321-0692, http://www.powderhouselodge.com . Entrees from $10.99. Debra K. Renick Ventura
January 31, 2010 |
Imagine a postmodern Aaron Copland or Charles Ives with a pop cultural twist, and you're primed for the music of Michael Daugherty. A composer of his time and birthright, Daugherty is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native and the musical embodiment of Americana. His canvas reflects a 20th century cultural mosaic dotted by the likes of Elvis and Superman and Jackie Onassis. At age 55, Daugherty is also the exuberant master of his craft, an artist whose sophistication and compelling appeal can seem utterly at odds with the often kitschy titles of his works.
June 21, 2009 |
Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Mt. Rushmore, one of America's favorite landmarks. 1. Charles E. Rushmore was a lawyer from New York. He was sent to South Dakota to check titles on some properties around the Black Hills in 1884 or 1885. By the National Park Service's account, Rushmore asked the name of the mountain, and nearby resident Bill Challis told him it had none -- "but from now on, we'll call it Rushmore." 2. Thomas Jefferson is a do-over.
July 8, 2005 |
MT. RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. -- Call it a makeover of monumental proportions. A crew began a project Thursday to wash the granite faces of Mt. Rushmore to remove decades of dirt, grime and lichens that could damage the complexion of the four presidents. The workers began scaling the mountain and offered a demonstration of the pressure washing Thursday. They plan to start the full-scale cleaning today, on a job that could take five weeks.