What’s new at Crazy Horse for 2013
Crazy Horse Memorial, home of the world’s largest mountain carving in progress, will celebrate its 65th anniversary on June 3. Chief Henry Standing and other Lakota elders, with sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, in 1948 dedicated the nonprofit Memorial to honoring the historic legacies and living cultures of North America’s Indian people.
The world famous American icon depicts legendary leader Crazy Horse pointing to his ancestral lands from his horse. The emerging carving changes appearance almost daily by virtue of drilling, blasting and bulldozing, which you can see, hear and sometimes feel from the visitor complex.
During 2013, Crazy Horse visitors will have several other new experiences:
- To see the mountain up close, walkers can take the first ever Crazy Horse Autumn Volksmarch on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 29 and 30. The hike responds to Custer State Park requests for additional area visitor activities because of schedule changes in the park’s annual fall buffalo roundup that weekend. (Please note that the 28th annual spring Crazy Horse Volksmarch will continue as always on the first full weekend in June, this year on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2.)
- In May, the expansive Indian Museum of North America and Welcome Center complex at Crazy Horse will open the Mountain Museum addition. Exhibits in this wing will focus on the carving of the giant granite sculpture, highlighting the engineering and physical labor that is creating the enormous Memorial envisioned by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Chief Henry Standing Bear.
- New displays in the Indian Museum of North America will feature a beautiful collection of recently acquired Plains Indian artifacts as well as artwork representative of tribes from all regions of North America.
- Also new is the 9/11 Monument, located between the Mountain Museum and the larger-than-life Fighting Stallions bronze statue. The 9/11 Monument, featuring a World Trade Center girder fragment given to Crazy Horse by New York City firefighters, remembers the victims and honors the emergency crews responding to the devastation from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The monument and 9/11 memorabilia display are an extension of Crazy Horse Memorial’s mission to encourage harmony among all people.