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Opening Doors to Understanding Cultures is Focus of Cook Gallery Tours at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Open doors to the James H. Cook Gallery
Opening doors to learning about Native American culture

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News Release Date: January 9, 2018

Contact: Alvis Mar, 308-668-2211

Harrison, Nebraska – On Monday, January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day rangers will lead guided tours through the James H. Cook Gallery located in the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Visitor Center. The times for the tours are 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. and will last from 30 – 45 minutes. Learn more about Native American culture and a unique friendship between members of different cultures.


Martin Luther King was an important civil rights activist. On Monday, January 15th, the nation honors this man and the work that he did. At Agate Fossil Beds National Monument the James H. Cook Gallery opens doors to understanding Native American culture. Items in the Cook Gallery were gifts given to James Cook from Oglala Lakota Red Cloud, members of the Northern Cheyenne and others. The range of items from Red Cloud’s shirt and three generations of pipe bags to items that were used every day suggest that these gifts were given to James Cook for safekeeping. Join the rangers in discovering the culture of these peoples and their friendship with James Cook and his family.


Rangers will have stories about some of the individual items and the time period when the Native Americans visited at the Agate Springs Ranch where James Cook and his family lived. Tours will be given at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.


Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is located just 22 miles south of Harrison, Nebraska or 34 miles north of Mitchell, Nebraska, on State Highway 29, then east on River Road for three miles to the visitor center. Admission is free. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The park’s two trails are open from dawn to dusk. For more information, go to or visit Agate Fossil Beds on Facebook and Twitter.


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Last updated: January 9, 2018

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