Comfrey Slideshow Project

“Memories of Red Rock Ridge” worked with students from Comfrey High School and Red Rock Central High School and long time community residents to capture their stories and memories of the Jeffers Petroglyphs and surrounding area.

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See what people had to say about this project!
"I liked hearing all the stories from people. I love history and it really inspired me!"
"It was surprising how old the petroglyphs really are. It was great to hear peoples’ stories about the ridge. It gave me a better understanding of what the ridge is. It’s not just a bunch of rocks!"
"[I enjoyed] that there are young people that are interested in history, especially in this fast-paced world where yesterday is already history."
"I am pleased the young people are taking an interest to protect and also enjoy preservations of historical places."

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Comfrey Slideshow Project

Enjoy a brief slideshow that highlights memories of Red Rock Ridge.

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Area high school youth developed questions and interviewed local older adults about early memories of either visiting the Jeffers Petroglyphs and/or growing up in the Red Rock Ridge area. A computer presentation was created by linking the interviews with photographs. The computer presentation and visual display was shown at a public event that took place at the Jeffers Petroglyphs on May 1, 2011.  

Youth Participants: Jake, John, Shoua, Tyler

Adult Participants: Wes and JoAn Bakker, Dick Callanan, Ethel Myers, Dale Polzin

For more information: Contact Project Manager Aleah Vinick at or 651-259-3417.

Background on Jeffers Petroglyphs
Jeffers Petroglyphs is a historic site run by the Minnesota Historical Society in nearby Comfrey, Minnesota, named for the land owner George Jeffers. It is one of the oldest exposed surfaces of Sioux quartzite in the state. In some areas, scraping left by the movement of the glaciers can still be seen. The first carvings date back approximately 5,000 years, and symbolize the lives and beliefs of the people who once lived nearby.

Background on Upper Sioux Community
The Upper Sioux Community near Granite Falls, Minnesota, dates back to about 1887 when several Dakota families banished in 1862 returned to the state.  By 1938, it was recognized officially by the state government when about 746 acres that had once been a part of the Dakota reservation was returned to the Dakota people.  It is one of only four federally recognized Dakota communities in the state of Minnesota.

Project Details

Date: March 2011 - May 2011
Partner(s): Phil Goetstouers, Red Rock Central High School; Karen Poortvliet, Comfrey High School; Pam Jensen, Jeffers Petroglyphs; Aleah Vinick, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Comfrey, MN

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