At America’s Founding Fathers Exhibit, you’ll find American history and amazing art intersecting in a celebration of the political courage displayed by the 56 men who dared to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Artist John Trumbull painted his idea of the first draft of the Declaration of Independence being presented by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston to their fellow members of the Second Continental Congress. Trumbull was able to paint many of the founding fathers in person, and also visited Independence Hall to ensure the painting was as true to what the scene may have looked like as possible.
Now, a team of talented South Dakota artists has re-invented Trumbull’s iconic “Declaration of Independence” painting into a unique sculpture exhibit that is housed in a replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, complete with a 125-foot clock tower, near Rapid City, South Dakota.
Step back in history and encounter Trumbull’s 47 American patriots, portrayed as life-size multi-media sculptural works of art. A colonial guide will lead you through a brief history of the events leading to the Revolution – then a 20-minute audio presentation will take you back to that extraordinary time, providing a heart-thudding experience that will truly reveal the risks those men faced in pledging “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” to declare America’s independence from Britain.
The America’s Founding Fathers Exhibit project, commissioned by local businessman Don Perdue, allows you the chance to discover more about the founding fathers in an interactive way that makes learning about the past relevant and entertaining.