Founder's Day Celebration - August 25, 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?
Archeological evidence indicates that the quarrying of pipestone has occurred for 3,000 years at Pipestone National Monument. The important traditions of pipestone quarrying and pipemaking continue today. More...