• Artist George Catlin recorded the quarrying activity at the pipestone quarries in 1836

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

Founder's Day Celebration - August 25, 2009

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Date: August 18, 2009

Pipestone National Monument will feature

Founder’s Day Celebration

 

On August 25, 1937 President Franklin Roosevelt, signed into law a bill that set aside a small area encompassing the famous Pipestone quarries of southern Minnesota, long a place of great significance for American Indians. The law creating Pipestone National Monument ensured that the pipestone quarries would always be protected and the American Indian would always retain the right to quarry for this special stone.

 

To honor this site, its traditions, and the continuous protection afforded it by the National Park Service for the past 72 years, the Monument is planning its annual Founder’s Day celebration on August 25, 2009 which will feature the premier showing at 10 a.m. of the park’s new orientation film entitled “An Unbroken Legacy”.  The film develops the very personal connections American Indians have with the quarries, and the significance pipestone and the pipes created from it has had and continues to have in their lives.   Filmed by a production company from Centennial Colorado, the film was three years in the making, with over 40 interviews of American Indians telling their story of the pipestone quarries. Focused on this connection, the film tells the story of the unbroken legacy the quarries has had for generations of American Indians. 

 

Along with the continuous showing of this compelling film throughout the day, other special events are planned.  Cake and refreshments will also be served.  This premier showing of the new film will be the fifth in the weekly “Summer in the Park” series.

Did You Know?

A quarrier working in his quarry pit

Pipestone is located about 12-17 feet below the ground, between layers of quartzite rock. Only hand tools are used to quarry the stone at Pipestone National Monument. More...