Now open: Where the United States of America began


Long before Thomas Jefferson’s face was carved in stone at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a 33-year-old Jefferson held the Declaration of Independence in his hands and presented it to John Hancock and the rest of the 2nd Continental Congress.

This summer, we invite Americans to come see where their political lineage began – Independence Hall: Home of the Founding Fathers. History meets art in our stunning, life-size sculpture installation of John Trumbull’s iconic “Declaration of Independence” painting. Here, inside a likeness of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, you’ll hear the amazing story of how those patriots forged the American revolution. And just like those 56 men, you’ll have a chance to sign the Declaration of Independence, too.

By all means, go see the four famous faces just up the road at the Shrine of Democracy. But don’t miss the Black Hills’ own Independence Hall: Home of the Founding Fathers. It’s where democracy began.



Who’s Hands are those?


There were 47 men depicted in John Trumbull’s iconic painting, “The Declaration of Independence,” and if you can guess which one of them belongs to the hands, shown in the photograph above, you’ll win one free admission to the Founding Fathers Black Hills exhibit, opening in June on the road to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. To try to claim the prize, send your guess to:  info@foundingfathersblackhills.com

Trumbull’s painting portrays only 42 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Since the artist’s goal was the preservation of the images of the nation’s founders, he decided to exclude any of the signers for whom no accurate image could be obtained. He painted all of them from life or from  other portraits.

News and Updates

Signer Roger Sherman may be the Rodney Dangerfield of the Declaration of Independence signers. He just doesn’t get the respect that he deserves.

Sherman is the only signer who signed all four of America’s most important founding documents: (more…)