Dog Sledding and Dancing at the North West Company Fur Post in February

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Release dated: 
January 16, 2013
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Patrick Schifferdecker • North West Company Fur Post • 320-629-6356 • patrick.schifferdecker@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: North West Company Fur Post
Address: 12551 Voyageur Lane
Box 51, Pine City MN 55063
Phone: 320-629-6356
Email: nwcfurpost@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/nwcfurpost

Dog Sledding and Dancing at the North West Company Fur Post in February

The North West Company Fur Post is offering two great programs in February. A dog sledding workshop is one of their new programs this year and the Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball is a returning favorite.

DogsleddingDog Sledding Workshop
Feb. 2, 2013
12:30 to 5 p.m.
$60/$55 MHS members.
Advanced Registration Required: 320-629-6356

Learn all about dog sledding during this new afternoon workshop. Participants will learn about the different types of sleds and scooters as well as how to fit a harness and the terminology associated with dog sledding. Also learn about the different breeds of sled dogs and how to care for them. The workshop will conclude with participants driving a team of sled dogs.

Queen CharlotteQueen Charlotte's Birthday Ball
Feb. 9, 2013
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
$35/$32 for MHS members.
Advanced Registration Required: 320-629-6356

Enjoy an evening of early 19th-century entertainment with a lively country dance. Country dancing, a pastime frequently mentioned by Jane Austen, was a favorite evening diversion for the young as well as the mature ladies and gentlemen of the genteel classes in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Dance steps will be taught and called at the ball. During a mid-dance break visitors will enjoy a selection of refreshments. Period or semi-formal attire is requested.

About the North West Company Fur Post

The Minnesota Historical Society site is located 1.5 miles west of I-35 at Pine City along County Hwy. 7. An authentically reconstructed post from the winter of 1804-05, the site includes a visitor center, designed to complement the surrounding environment, featuring a Great Room, fireplace and retail space. Exhibits explore how the fur trade shaped the region. Costumed guides help interpret the site and guide visitors back to the days when furs were traded here under the British flag. For more information, call 320-629-6356.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.