Founding Fathers Black Hills

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The 2017 season is off and running! We’re planning a few new things this year to make your experience here new and different. (more…)

No, not Pope Francis. He may be famous, but he didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence. But this week here at Independence Hall, home of Founding Fathers Black Hills, we’re playing off the popularity of the Catholic pontiff who is visiting the United States. (more…)

This week, you’ll find Benjamin Harrison of Virginia and William Ellery of Rhode Island at the Founding Fathers Ballot Box if you stop by on your Black Hills vacation. It’s a great way to cast your vote and a fun thing to do while in Rapid City.
The two signers, Harrison and Ellery, couldn’t have been more different in temperament and personality, (more…)

In the continuing search for the signer of the Declaration of Independence who will wear this season’s Founding Fathers Crown, Dr. Benjamin Rush of Pennsylvania handily dispatched the youngest signer, Edward Rutledge of South Carolina, in last week’s vote by a 2-to-1 margin.
This week’s contest features William Paca of Maryland against Abraham Clark of New Jersey. (more…)

In last week’s battle of the Bills, William Floyd of New York defeated William Williams to wear the weekly Founding Fathers crown here at Independence Hall.
This week found the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, Edward Rutledge of South Carolina, facing Benjamin Rush, the signer who was instrumental in forging a reconciliation between two of his good friends: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. (more…)

In one of the closest votes in American political history, John Hancock defeated Benjamin Franklin in our weekly Founding Fathers contest by just one vote, 36 to 35.
Of course, the vote took place during the 75th annual Sturgis Rally, so it may have been heavily influenced by people wearing black leather and driving Harley Davidson motorcycles who were here on their Black Hills vacation of a lifetime. (more…)

What do the Bermuda Triangle and the Declaration of Independence have in common?
Mr. Thomas Lynch, that’s what. (more…)

Rally week’s Founding Fathers Contest at Independence Hall has John Hancock facing off against Benjamin Franklin.
Since the Sturgis Rally is upon us (officially the rally runs Aug. 3-9 but it started early this 75th anniversary year) we hope motorcyclists who stop at Founding Fathers Black Hills can help us decide (more…)

It’s Maryland against North Carolina in this week’s Founding Fathers Contest.
Charles Carroll, of Maryland, was the only Roman Catholic among the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Carroll has another distinction as well. He lived until the ripe old age of 95, and was the last living signer, dying in 1832.
William Hooper had a much shorter lifespan. He died of complications of malaria in 1790 at age 48. (more…)

This week’s Founding Fathers competition pits Elbridge Gerry, the signer who gave us the political term “gerrymandering,” against James Wilson, the signer who some historians call the “Architect of the U.S. Constitution.” (more…)