American Indian Life Featured in July Family Programs at Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site

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Release dated: 
June 12, 2013
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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

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Place: Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site
Address: 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey MN 56019
Cost: All programs are included with admission of $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

American Indian Life Featured in July Family Programs at Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site

Throughout July, the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site is offering special programs that focus on the ancient rock carvings and the people who have called the prairie home. Guests can learn about American Indian hunting, record keeping and games. Plus, discover the many animals that call the prairie home. All programs are included with the price of regular admission.

Event: Adventures in Nature
Time: 2 p.m. daily
Cost: Included with regular admission of $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children under age 5 and MHS members.

Offered daily at 2 p.m. Adventures in Nature is a hands-on series that provides opportunities to learn about American Indian culture, prairies and archaeology. A new theme is explored each week. While at the site, view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

  • Atlatl, July 4-8
    Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic SiteSpend Independence Day learning about American Indian history and exploring the Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site. Learn about the atlatl, an ancient hunting device used by people of this area before the bow and arrow. This symbol of power was used for thousands of years and there are many atlatl petroglyphs carved into the Sioux Quartzite rock at the site. Instruction will be provided on how to properly use an atlatl while trying to “hunt” a life-size buffalo target.

  • American Indian Games, July 11-15
    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.

  • Winter Count, July 18-22
    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.

  • Prairie Animals, July 25-29
    Learn about the animals that live on the prairie by examining animal pelts and making plaster animal tracks to take home.

What: Early Hunting Tools
When: Saturday, July 6
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.
Cost: Included with regular admission of $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children under age 5 and MHS members.

Experience what it was like to be a hunter 5,000 years ago. From 1 to 3 p.m. make your own atlatl (spear thrower) and then learn how to use it to throw a spear at a bison target. From 3 to 5 p.m. a flintknapper will demonstrate the process of creating stone projectile points (arrowheads) and then visitors can make their own.

A collection of atlatls will be on display throughout the day. While at the site, visitors also can view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m. or 1 or 3 p.m.

What: Butterfly Discovery Day
When: Saturday, July 20
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Included with regular admission of $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children under age 5 and MHS members.

Enjoy this special day dedicated to exploring the extraordinary world of butterflies. Through hands-on activities and displays visitors will learn about the butterfly life cycle and habitat. At 2 p.m. guests can join in a butterfly walk.

While at the site, visitors also can view the rock carvings and learn more about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m. or 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.

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