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This September, Jeffers Petroglyphs Invites Guests for Unique Views of Prairie Life

August 20, 2014



ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 20 -- The Minnesota Historical Society issued the following news release:

Visitors can take in the beauty of the landscape at Jeffers Petroglyphs with special programs this September. Learn photography and gain insights into the lives of American Indian families who called the prairie home. Programs are free 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 MNHS members.

Prairie Photography: A Natural View

Date: Saturday, Sept. 6

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn special techniques from expert local photographer Shelley Olson, who will provide instruction on the art of photographing prairie plants. Participants can explore landscape, close-up and lighting techniques, and are encouraged to bring a camera to capture photographs and enjoy the lasting beauty of one of Minnesota's most well-known prairies. This event will be held rain or shine.

Adventures in Nature: Travois

Date: Saturdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

Time: 2 p.m.

In this interactive program, guests can discover the importance of the travois to American Indian families. The large sled-like carrier was dragged by a horse or dog and was crucial in carrying goods and belongings across the prairie. Reproduction items will be available for hands-on use. Meanwhile, visitors can view the rock carvings and learn about the people who created them on guided tours at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

About 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.

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

[Category: Arts/Cultural]

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