MARY'S STORY: Mary Borglum's Story from the Mountains of Anatolia to the Mountains of South Dakota
by Robin Borglum Kennedy
This is the story of a little girl born of New England missionary parents, in the last quarter of the 19th century, raised within the boundaries of the old Turkish Empire. Mary Montgomery Borglum traveled an unusual journey through Adana Turkey, New Haven, Wellesley College, Beirut and Berlin. In 1901 she was the first American to receive a doctorate in Assyriology, along with being the second woman to achieve any doctorate from Berlin University. She used her exceptional language expertise and education to support herself as a teacher, writer and translator before marrying Gutzon Borglum, the creator of the carvings at Mount Rushmore. Her story unfolded in long chatty correspondence between her mother and brothers and unfinished autobiographies.