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Special events coming soon

Special events coming soon

Start Westward today is under a protective canopy to protect the sandstone from the elements.
(Photo by Jess Mancini)

Two descendants of the famed sculptor Gutzon Borglum will participate in Start Westward Memorial Society special events in September in Marietta.

The society will welcome the grandchildren of the artist as they visit Marietta and take part in events scheduled Sept. 15-17. Borglum, known for sculpting Mount Rushmore, also sculpted Start Westward at Muskingum Park.

Robin Borglum Kennedy and Jim Borglum will participate in a public ceremony on Sept. 16 and Kennedy will lead a lecture on Sept. 17 at Marietta College.

This will be the first time anyone from the Borglum family will visit Marietta since Gutzon’s last visit to finish the memorial in 1938. Start Westward was commissioned to commemorate the city of Marietta’s sesquicentennial.

Events include:

President Franklin Roosevelt was in Marietta in 1938 for a ceremony marking the town’s 150th anniversary and the Start Westward monument at Muskingum Park that was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, the artist who did Mount Rushmore.
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∫ Start Westward Memorial Society, meeting and dinner, Sept. 15, Lafayette Hotel.

∫ Presentation of Memorial Sketches to Marietta College Special Collections and Tour of Ohio Pioneers Exhibition, 11 a.m. Sept. 16, Marietta College Legacy Library.

∫ Gathering at Start Westward Memorial: Meet the Borglums, 5-6 p.m. Sept. 16, Muskingum Park. Welcome by Mayor Josh Schlicher and remarks by Jean Yost, Start Westward Memorial/East Muskingum Park Restoration Committee, and by Robin Borglum Kennedy and Jim Borglum.

∫ Lecture by Robin Borglum Kennedy, 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 17, McDonough Center Auditorium, Marietta College. An introduction will be made by Doug Anderson and the event will include remarks from Blaine Kortemeyer of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. A question and answer session will follow.

A reception and book signing by Kennedy will be held immediately following the lecture in the McDonough Center Third Floor Gallery where there will be an exhibition of photos of Start Westward Memorial and construction with information.

Robin Borglum Kennedy, a granddaughter of Gutzon Borglum, will present a lecture on her grandfather on Sept. 17 at Marietta College. The event and others are sponsored by the Start Westward Memorial Society.
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Gutzon Borglum works on the Start Westward monument in his studio. The monument was commissioned for the city of Marietta’s sesquicentennial in 1938.
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