Wes Shelton, Executive Director of the Black Hills Educational Institute, discusses Living Rushmore. The event is Sept. 27. The performance features a discussion among the four Rushmore Presidents about their role in the various aspects of America's history. Washington and Jefferson, though not close, and sometimes political rivals knew each other, but they know nothing of Lincoln or Roosevelt. Lincoln respected and studied the leadership characteristics of Washington especially his involvement in the Revolutionary War. Roosevelt knows of all three but is really from a different era. His time is of America in full flush growth and international influence.