Mary Garrigan has been named general manager of the Founding Fathers, a new tourism and educational site slated to open near Rapid City next spring.
Garrigan joins a team working to launch the patriotism-themed project that is the brainchild of local businessman Don Perdue. Perdue, owner of Perdue Woodworks, also developed the City of Presidents, a popular outdoor art collection of presidential statues located throughout downtown Rapid City.
"Mary is a well-known Rapid City journalist who brings years of experience and deep connections with the Black Hills and its people," Perdue said. "I expect her to be an outstanding asset to this project."
When completed, the Founding Fathers exhibit will be a life-size, three-dimensional rendition of John Trumbull's painting, "The Signing of the Declaration of Independence," which hangs in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. The 47 American patriots depicted in Trumball's famous painting include many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and each of them will be recreated by an artistic team led by Rapid City artist James Van Nuys. The multi-media sculptures will be housed in a replica of Philadelphia's Independence Hall currently under construction near Reptile Gardens on Highway 16 south of Rapid City.
"I'm thrilled to be involved in such an exciting project," Garrigan said. "I share Mr. Perdue's admiration for the signers of our Declaration of Independence and look forward to helping him present the Founding Fathers exhibit to people from across America and the world who visit the area each year."