Crazy Horse Memorial 2016 & 2017 Special Events

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    • Anne’s Day
      May 6

      Annes Day May 6th
      Anne Ziolkowski Christensen, a great caretaker of the Native American artifacts housed at the INDIAN MUSUM OF NORTH AMERICA®. Anne was the curator of the museum for many years, her efforts started traditions such as night blasts, art shows, summer rodeo, American Indian dancers, arts and crafts vendors and the summer lecture series. Honor Anne’s contributions to Crazy Horse Memorial on the anniversary of her passing. “Anne Z.” (1955-2011)
    • Korczak Day
      May 3

      Korczak Day May 3rd
      Korczak Ziolkowski was a true visionary without his strength and conviction Crazy Horse Memorial would not be what it is today. Join us in celebration of the anniversary of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski moving to the Black Hills in 1947 to accept the invitation from Lakota leaders to carve Crazy Horse Memorial.
    • Ruth’s Day
      May 21

      Ruth Day May 21rd
      Honoring the passing of the Ziolkowski matriarch Ruth Ziolkowski. Ruth’s passion, persistence, vision and leadership was and will always be an inspiration to us all. Ruth’s contributions to the Crazy Horse Dream are too many to count as she would say frequently, “Dreams really do come true.” “Mrs.Z” (1926-2014)
    • Memorial Weekend
      May 26-29
      2017

      Memorial Weekend <br />May 26-29, <br />2017
      Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.
    • Legends in Light
      May 26-Oct 1
      2017

      Legends in Light<br /> May 26-Oct 1<br />
      This spectacular light show tells the story of the Memorial in laser lights projected onto the Mountain. You will be treated to the story of Chief Henry Standing Bear’s invitation to Korczak, Ruth’s contributions and special features of many Native American heroes. This must see show is featured nightly at dark, for sun down times click here: http://www.calendar-updates.com/sun.asp
    • Dedication Anniv.
      June 3

      Dedication Anniv. June 3
      Celebrate the anniversaries of the 1948 dedication of the Memorial and the 1998 dedication of finishing the face of Crazy Horse.
    • Spring Volksmarch
      June 3-4 2017

      Spring Volksmarch June 3-4 2017
      The 31st anniversary of the hike up the World’s Largest Mountain Carving, now in progress. Free admission to the Memorial for hikers. Food donation appreciated $3 registration fee charged by AVA for 10K (6.2 mile) round trip hike. Non-hikers can still enjoy all of the Crazy Horse facilities for regular admission.
    • Night Blast
      June 26

      Night Blast June 26
      This spectacular night blast program (weather permitting) honors Ruth Ziolkowski (1926-2014) and commemoration of the 138th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn (1876). See the Mountain light up with several hundred pyrotechnic explosions. Free admission to the Memorial after 5 pm although food donations are appreciated.
    • Independence Day
      July 4

      Independence Day July 4
      Forget the firework shows; join us for your 4th of July celebration and view a huge American flag displayed on the Mountain. Enjoy visiting with Native American artisans, watch our American Indian dancers perform and participate in many other planned events.
    • Night Blast
      Sept 6

      Night Blast sept6
      In observance of Crazy Horse’s death in 1877 and the commemoration of the 107th birth date of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski born in 1908. Native American leaders while planning the Memorial with Korczak found this date coincidence to be a great omen. This second night blast of the year (weather permitting) is a spectacular show of pyrotechnics. Admission to the Memorial is free after 5 pm, although a food donation is very much appreciated.
    • Autumn Volksmarch
      Oct 1 2017

      Autumn Volksmarch Oct 1 2017
      Autumn is a special time in the beautiful Black Hills, the deciduous trees are changing colors creating a beautiful composition against the dark conifer trees of the Hills. Join us for the Autumn hike to the arm of Crazy Horse and enjoy all of the fall festivities of the Black Hills; including the Custer State Park Buffalo Round-up and Art Festival. Free admission to the Memorial for hikers, although a food donation is very much appreciated. $3 registration fee charged by AVA for 10K (6.2 mile) round trip hike. Not interested in hiking, regular admission rates apply.
    • Native Americans’Day
      Oct 9
      2017

      Native Americans’ Day  Oct 9, 2017
      Governor George S. Mickelson and the SD legislature declared 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation”, the day formerly known as Columbus Day became Native American Day. Native American Day at Crazy Horse Memorial is celebrated by planned activities for kids, program and performers, Educator of the Year is awarded and (weather permitting) a mountain blast. Admission is waved to the Memorial with 3 cans of food per person.
    • Korczak Ziolkowski Remembrance Day
      Oct 20

      Korczak Day Oct 20th
      Korczak Remembrance Day allows visitors to walk to the tomb of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (1908-1982) to pay their respects to him, his wife Ruth Ziolkowski, daughter Anne & son-in-law James Howe, laid to rest in the family cemetery. This is the one time of the year that visitors are permitted to this area of the property and is a time for reflection as we move forward with Korczak & Ruth’s vision.
    • Veterans Day
      Nov 11

      Veterans Day
      A commemoration of the signing of the armistice which ended World War I, Veterans Day has become our nation’s way of saying “Thank-You” to all American veterans. The armistice was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Free admission for Veterans, 3 cans of food appreciated.

    • “No one is ever wrong who desires to do that which is not required of them to do — and that which is of a noble purpose. The purpose of Crazy Horse is noble.”
       
      Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
    • “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes also.”
       
      Chief Henry Standing Bear
    • “When the legends die, the dreams end. When the dreams end, there is no more greatness.”
       
      Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
    • “The Important thing is that we never stop. That’s the main thing. And if you looked at it as strictly a view of being finished, you could get awfully distracted waiting for that day to come. This way, you’re pleased with every little step of progress that you make.”
       
      Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
    • “One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.”
       
      Crazy Horse
    • “By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give back to the Indian some of his pride and create a means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwile.”
       
      Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
    • “He left everything so we can carry on his work, and that’s just what we’re going to do. We’re dedicated to that. His whole life would be wasted if the mountain carving and the humanitarian goals are not completed.”
       
      Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
    • “My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
       
      Crazy Horse
    • “If it weren’t for each and every one you, whether your gift was small or large monetarily, whether it was friendship and encouragement, without you we wouldn’t be here…”
       
      Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
    • “Standing Bear explained that the Indian has a concept of honoring their great heroes that’s totally different from the white man’s. It was difficult for me to understand at first…The Indian uses the direct approach. He says: that man was my ancestor, and he was a great man, so we should honor him-I would not lie or cheat because I am his blood”
       
      Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor

    Crazy Horse Memorial
    12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
    Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900

    (605) 673-4681

    Email: memorial@crazyhorse.org

    Upcoming Events

    • Memorial Weekend
      May 26-29
      2017

      Memorial Weekend <br />May 26-29,<br /> 2017
      Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.
    • Legends in Light
      May 26-Oct 1
      2017

      Legends in Light<br /> May 26-Oct 1<br />
      This spectacular light show tells the story of the Memorial in laser lights projected onto the Mountain. You will be treated to the story of Chief Henry Standing Bear’s invitation to Korczak, Ruth’s contributions and special features of many Native American heroes. This must see show is featured nightly at dark, for sun down times click here: http://www.calendar-updates.com/sun.asp