Learn Ancient Spear Throwing Oct. 17 and 18 at Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site

For immediate release

Release dated: 
September 25, 2013
Media contacts: 

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

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

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

Quick facts: 

Event: Adventures in Nature: Atlatl
Date: Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site, 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: www.mnhs.org/jefferspetroglyphs

Learn Ancient Spear Throwing Oct. 17 and 18 at Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site

Visit Jeffers Petroglyphs on Oct. 17 and 18, during school release days, for a hands-on experience learning to use an atlatl. The atlatl is an ancient hunting device that was used for thousands of years before the bow and arrow. During this program visitors will learn how to use an atlatl while trying to “hunt” a life-size buffalo target. While at the site, visitors can also view the exhibits inside the visitor center and take a guided tour of the rock carvings to learn more about the people who created them.

atlatl throwingThe atlatl program is part of Adventures in Nature, a hands-on series that provides visitors the opportunity to learn about American Indian culture, the prairie and archaeology. Programs are held at 2 p.m. They are included with regular admission of $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $5 for children ages 6-17 and free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

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.

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