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

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

75th Anniversary Schedule of Events

Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most current schedule. Entry fee for daily admission will be waived on August 25. National Park Annual and Lifetime, as well as Pipestone National Monument, passes can still be purchased.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

8:00pm-9:00pm
--- Guest Speaker, Rick Flute Player, Flandreau Santee Sioux, in the Visitor Center auditorium

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

8:00am-8:00pm--- Historic photos on display in the Visitor Center auditorium
"Pipestone: An Unbroken Legacy", 22 minute film in the Visitor Center auditorium showing on the hour

8:00am-9:00pm--- Cultural demonstrations in the Visitor Center

8:00am-12:00pm--- Guided walking tours of the Circle Trail starting at the Visitor Center, on the hour

8:00am-12:00pm--- Open House of the NPS Maintenance Facility at Minnesota West Community & Technical College: Showcasing the new NPS solar electrical system.

9:00am-10:00am--- Guest Speaker, Dale Henning, in the Visitor Center auditorium

10:00am--- Open House and refreshments in the Visitor Center

10:00am-2:00pm--- Official Post Office stamp cancellation in the Visitor Center

10:30am--- Informal special tribal gathering in the Visitor Center

1:00pm--- 75th Anniversary Program
Welcome remarks by Superintendent Glen Livermont
Traditional opening by Romanus Bear Stops
Remarks by Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the Sacred Pipe
Remarks by Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Chairman Michael Jandreau
Remarks by Deputy Regional Director Patricia Trap
Remarks by City of Pipestone Mayor Laurie Ness
Remarks by 'Friends of Pipestone National Monument' President Sharon Hanson
Closing remarks by Superintendent Glen Livermont
Closing prayer and drum song by Wilmer Mesteth and Florentine Blue Thunder

4:00pm-5:00pm--- Guest Speaker, Tom Sanders, in the Visitor Center auditorium

8:00pm-9:00pm--- Guest Speaker, Dr. Walter Benjamin, in the Visitor Center auditorium



COMMEMORATIVE ITEMS
In recognition of the 75th Anniversary, limited edition commemorative items will be available for purchase in the Visitor Center. Each packet includes a 'first day cover' envelope and info card enclosed in an archival acid-free poly protector. You can purchase this item with a special Pipestone National Monument USPS useable postage stamp. Pipestone's Postmaster will be setting up an official Post Office Station in the Visitor Center on August 25 for you to 'hand-cancel' these collectible envelopes during the 75th Anniversary celebration. Commemorative coins will also be available in both .995 silver and bronze metal. For those unable to attend our celebration and wishing to obtain a pictorial cancellation, please follow this link for more information and instructions.



Did You Know?

A seam of pipestone between layers of quartzite

The red pipestone rock at Pipestone National Monument was traded as far east as Georgia and as far west as the Pacific coast. More...