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Presidents' Day: Tracing the Evolution of This National Holiday

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Presidents’ Day, marked annually on the third Monday of February, stands as a tribute to the leadership, vision, and enduring legacy of America’s presidents. Yet, the journey to this nationally recognized holiday is as rich and diverse as the individuals it honors. From its humble beginnings as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday to its evolution into a day commemorating all U.S. presidents, the history of Presidents’ Day is a fascinating tapestry woven with threads of national identity, historical remembrance, and civic tradition. Join us on a journey through time as we delve into the origins, development, and significance of Presidents’ Day, uncovering the stories and events that shaped it into the revered holiday we know today.

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Presidential Displays of Affection (PDA) on Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is a day designated for your special someone, and affection knows no bounds – even with our national leaders. While the presidency often involves public duties and responsibilities, presidents and first ladies throughout history have found ways to celebrate this day of love with their partners. From heartfelt gestures to private moments, their expressions of affection offer glimpses into the personal lives of those who have held the highest office in the United States.

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Sculpting Nature: Exploring the Rich Sculpture Heritage of the Black Hills, South Dakota

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Nestled in the heart of South Dakota, the Black Hills stand as a testament to nature's sculptural prowess, but it's not just the geological formations that captivate visitors. The Black Hills also boast a remarkable collection of human-made sculptures, seamlessly integrated into the breathtaking landscape.

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An Innovator, Artistic Trailblazer, and Our Founder: Katherine Stubergh Keller “The Madame Tussauds of America”

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In the captivating tapestry of wax’s extensive history, one name emerges as an indelible mark of artistic prowess - Katherine Stubergh Keller. A trailblazing American sculptor, Stubergh pioneered her way into the chronicles of wax history during the 20th century. Stubergh’s work resonates not only as a testament to her skill, but as a vivid reflection of an era. In the decades when flappers and Vaudeville were at their height, luminaries of the time sought the honor of sitting for her, contributing to a legacy that transcends mere sculptures. Her masterpieces grace the silver screen, finding a place of distinction in timeless Hollywood classics such as House of Wax, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Gone with the Wind, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and many more. Join us as we embark on a journey through the life and legacy of Katherine Stubergh Keller, exploring the empire she built and her founding of The National Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone, South Dakota.

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White House Holiday decorations over the years

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Can you believe Christmas decorations in the White House started off without Christmas trees? Decorations were low-key greenery, simple wreaths, garlands and ornaments. It wasn’t until 1889 that President Benjamin Harrison brought to life the first Christmas tree in the White House. It was decorated with candles, toys and ornaments to delight his grandchildren

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What is the Electoral College? – A Beginner’s Guide for High Schoolers

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The Electoral College may feel overwhelming no matter your age, let’s be honest…politics in general might have you stressing. Here is a breakdown of what the Electoral College really is!

The Electoral College is made up of 538 electors. Each of these electors’ casts one vote after the general election; the candidate who receives 270 votes or more wins! Feeling more confused? Don’t worry! Let’s explain further.

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Spooky Facts of the White House

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The White House is one of the most iconic buildings in America. Built in 1792, and has suffered 3 disasters since, meaning there is only little left of the original structure. Not only is this building historic, but it also has a fairly creepy past with some terrifying facts that pair with it. The White House has been home to several presidential deaths, ghostly encounters, exotic pets, and hauntings!

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Fall Activities in the Black Hills

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Although summer is wrapping up in the Black Hills, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! The Black Hills are filled with fall-tastic events for all ages. Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of pumpkin spice lattes, the smell of cinnamon in the air, or the changing crisp weather; you might end up falling in love with the season this year! We are here to share some amazing events with you, in addition to some activities to add to your ‘fall bucket list’ this year, no matter where you call home.

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Souvenir Shopping Guide

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Have you ever been to an attraction and their souvenir shop leaves more to be desired? Well, at Presidential Wax Museum, we’ve heard the museum and shopping experience is equally as amazing. The souvenir shop is a place you can find treasures for every group in your party and friends back home!

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Experience Monumental Fun in the Black Hills: Presidential Trip Itinerary

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The Black Hills are filled with wonders, from patriotic landmarks, to hidden treasures off the beaten path. We have compiled several ‘need to visit’ presidential spots in the Black Hills to fill your trip with utter enjoyment! From Mount Rushmore to the National Presidential Wax Museum, your next trip is certain to be fun when you utilize our 'Presidential' Black Hills Vacation Itinerary!

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