"Beauty is like a soul that hovers over the surface of form. Its presence is unmistakable in Art or in Life. The measure of its revelation depends on the measure of our own soul-consciousness, the boundaries of our own spirit." -- Gutzon Borglum
Before he created Mount Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum already had a productive and successful career as an artist.
The Stamford Museum and Nature Center organized a 1999 exhibition titled "Out of Rushmore's Shadow: The Artistic Development of Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941)." Selections from that exhibit illustrate some of the influences Borglum incorporated into his work. Frequently, Borglum favored muscular, dynamic poses for his subjects, and he also liked to make art on a large scale.
The story of the farmers who dreamed of prosperity and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.
A personal story of one family's dramatic effort to hold onto their family farm in Iowa as massive foreclosures sweep the nation in the 1990s.
Vivid memories of those trapped in the terrifying temblor of 1906 that killed thousands of Californians.
John Wesley Powell's epic journey into the unknown Grand Canyon was filled with adventure as his team mapped the Colorado River for the first time.
A daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism amongst a group left abandoned in the high Arctic.
Today one of the most-recognized figures in American literary history, poet Walt Whitman was denounced by critics in his own time.
The epic battle waged over dinosaur fossils by rival paleontologists in the American West.
The journey of Prince Maximilian, German naturalist, and artist Karl Bodmer, who explored the Mississippi River area from 1832-1834.