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Contact: Cody Goraczkowski, 507-825-5464 Ext. 213
Pipestone National Monument News Release
For Release: 2/01/2018
Contact: Cody Goraczkowski Phone: 507-825-5464 Ext. 213 Email: e-mail us
Pipestone National Monument open on President’s Day
Pipestone, MN: Pipestone National Monument and other National Park Service (NPS) sites, around the country, proudly join the nation in observing President’s Day on Monday, February 19, 2018.
The Monument Visitor Center and Pipestone Indian Shrine Association, (gift shop) located in the Visitor Center will be open for Presidents Day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the museum, watch a video on the history and cultural significance of the monument, walk the trail and view the new prairie mural by the petroglyphs. If walking the ¾ mile trail, visitors are reminded to dress warmly and be careful on the trail. The Circle Trail path can be slippery, especially on bridges, the water fall overlook and by Winniwissa Falls. The winter season offers many photographic opportunities of the prairie and is a perfect opportunity to explore American Indian culture and view all the natural resources of the tallgrass prairie.
National Park Service sites are located in every state. They are places of recreation and inspiration and they are also powerful economic engines for local communities. What better date than President’s Day, to honor our nation’s presidents, with a visit to a National Park.
Pipestone National Monument was established by Congress in 1937 to protect the historic pipestone quarries, the site is considered sacred by many American Indians. Spanning centuries of use, American Indians continue to quarry pipestone which they carve into sacred pipes.
To learn more about the National Park Service and Pipestone National Monument, visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/pipe or to learn more about the fee-free weekends in national parks around the country, go to http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm Contact the Park Ranger at 507-825-5464 ext. 214 or email at e-mail us
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