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07/31/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/31/2021 08:12

Founders Day Celebration at Pipestone National Monument

News Release Date:
July 31, 2021

Contact:Natalie Barber, 507-825-5464 ext. 214

The National Park Service will celebrate its 105th birthday (Founders Day) on August 25, 2021. But if it weren't for the peoples who began the tradition of quarrying here thousands of years ago, Pipestone National Monument would not exist today. To honor their legacy and traditions, we invite the public to the official celebration on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Activities are appropriate for all ages and are offered at no cost.

Event Schedule:

10:00-12:00 Quarrying Demo in Mark Pederson's Pit, located along the South Quarry Trail

10:30 -2:00 Indian Tacos available for purchase from the Lunch Box Food Truck at the Three Maidens picnic area

1:00-2:00 Horse Regalia program by Dakota Wicohan in front of the Visitor Center

2:00-3:00 'National Parks A to Z' presentation by Sioux Falls Photographer Marty DeWitt inside Visitor Center (optional photo walk afterwards).

3:00-4:00 Traditional Plains Dance demonstration by Gabe Yellowhawk

Activity Stations:

1:00-4:00 Hands-on Activity Stations: traditional foods (corn, bison, & wasna), ledger art, pottery, and Lakota herbalist Paul Red Elk

For more information, please call 507-825-5464 x214 or visit the park website at Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on the park website and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on

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