A Wilton resident and former Hollywood screen star, Cerasani capture their first-hand experience in this book, "Love Letters From Mount Rushmore: The Story of a Marriage, a Monument, and a Moment in History." It has already won "Mom's Choice Awards" honors and recently has won the "Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal during ceremonies in New York.
Mount Rushmore's designer-sculptor Gutzon Borglum personally
invited Arthur Cerasani to join him in South Dakota after Arthur did
a bust for him of media mogul Frank Gannett, founder of the
Rochester-based Gannett newspaper chain.
Most people who visit Mount Rushmore see only the figures of four famous presidents---George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
Richard Cerasani see his parents, Arthur and Mary, and the heroic sacrifices they made and obstacles they overcame to work at this national landmark shortly before World War II, which left the huge
sculpture in its still-unfinished state.