Founding Fathers Black Hills


In Week One of our Founding Fathers Competition William Whipple of New Hampshire soundly defeated George Read of Delaware by a vote of 30-17.
This week’s competition for the Founding Fathers Crown of 2015 finds two men with three names each vying for the title: Richard Henry Lee of Virginia and Robert Treat Paine of Massachusetts go head to head in the contest. (more…)

Memorial Day weekend kicks off our Founding Fathers Competition of 2015 here at Independence Hall.
Each week for the rest of the summer, we’ll feature a different match-up between two of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, letting our guests vote on which of the Founding Fathers is their favorite for that week. (more…)

There are a lot of myths and legends surrounding the lives and deaths of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence. Much of it is erroneous history, like the common stories that nine, or 13, or half of all the signers were tortured and died because they put their signature on the Declaration.
None of that is true. While many of the signers suffered great losses and made huge sacrifices, both financially and personally, for the cause of independence, we know that none of them lost their lives as a direct result of their signature on that important piece of parchment. (more…)

Rapid City’s Unique Signs owner Vern Larsen stopped by today to snap a photo  of the great big picture that his company printed for us here at Founding Fathers Black Hills at Independence Hall. .

It is certainly unique, so Mr. Larsen’s company was a good one to print it.  The print of this famous American Revolutionary War painting (more…)

Here at Founding Fathers Black Hills, visitors who are on a Black Hills vacation will find an assortment of books about the Declaration of Independence. One of our most popular books is a wittily-written biography of each of the 56 signers, “Signing Their Lives Away,” by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese.  Our children’s book offerings include a clever interactive book “Letters from the Revolution” and “The Journey of the Declaration of Independence,” which does a great job of explaining where and how the document survived (more…)