Explore Nature, American Indian History and More at the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site in June

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Release dated: 
May 15, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Tom Sanders • Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site • 507-628-5591 • thomas.sanders@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site
Address: 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey MN 56019
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 507-628-5591
Email: jefferspetroglyphs@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/jefferspetroglyphs

Explore Nature, American Indian History and More at the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site in June

The June schedule at Jeffers Petroglyphs offers many special outdoor activities that focus on American Indian culture and life on the prairie. Visitors can also participate in a guided tour offered daily at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m. Visitors can also explore on their own, searching the rock outcroppings for carvings of buffalo, turtles, thunderbirds and human forms – all illustrating the rich and sophisticated cultures that inhabited the area in the past.

Programs and tours are offered free with admission of $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, and $5 for children ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and under and Minnesota Historical Society members are admitted free.

What: Adventure in Nature: American Indian Games
When: June 1-3
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

PrairieThis installment of Adventures in Nature is all about games. Visitors to the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site are invited to learn and play traditional American Indian games like the moccasin game, awl game and double-ball game. While at the site, guests are encouraged to view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them during guided tours offered at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

Adventures in Nature is a hands-on series that provides participants with opportunities to learn about American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology. A new theme will be explored each week.

What: Adventure in Nature: Travois
When: June 6, 7, 9 and 10
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

This week's theme explores the moving practices of American Indians. Take part in costumed role-playing to experience how American Indian families packed up a travois to move their belongings on the prairie. Reproduction items will be available for hands-on use and learning. While at the site, make sure to take advantage of tours showcasing the famous Jeffers rock carvings.

Guided tours of the Jeffers petroglyphs are offered daily at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

What: The American Indian Travois: Moving in Ancient America
When: Saturday, June 8
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

TravoisDiscover the material culture and innovations that American Indians developed in order to survive on the prairie. Visitors will take part in a hands-on activity investigating reproduction items that would have been used in daily life and packed on a travois. The roles and responsibilities of various members of an American Indian family will be explored. Plus, guests can compete to see who can hitch up and pack their travois the quickest and race to a finish line.

What: Adventures in Nature: Prairie Animals
When: June 13, 14, 16 and 17
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

In this episode of Adventures in Nature, guests will learn about the animals that live on the prairie by examining animal pelts and making plaster animal tracks to take home. While at the site, view rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours offered daily at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

What: Hands Upon Rock
When: Saturday, June 15
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Paula Paplow's book "Hands Upon Rock" is a photographic journey through the petroglyphs with stories from people, present and past, showcased alongside the images.

At 2 p.m., "Hands Upon Rock" will be read aloud on the Jeffers rock face. Following the reading join the author and editor, JoAn Bakker, for a book signing.

What: Adventures in Nature: Winter Count
When: June 20-24
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Explore how American Indians kept track of history by recording symbols which represented memorable events in their lives on hides known as winter counts. During this program, participants will create a winter count symbol of their own to take home.

While at Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, view the rock carvings and learn about their creators during tours offered daily at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

What: Adventures in Nature: Prairie Tour
When: June 27-July 1
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Join a guide on a prairie tour to discover interesting information about the prairie ecosystem while searching for grasses and flowers. Prairie tours start at 2 p.m. each day. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them. Guided tours are offered at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

About the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site

The site is located near Comfrey and Windom, three miles east of U.S. Hwy. 71 on Cottonwood County Road 10, then one mile south on County Road 2. The 160-acre site features images chipped into an outcropping of Sioux quartzite from 5000 B.C. to A.D. 1700, a visitor center with exhibits and an object-theater presentation, and nature trails, which explain the prairie environment. For more information, call 507-628-5591.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.