May Crafts for Children and Adults at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

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Release dated: 
April 10, 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

Travis Zimmerman • Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post • 320-532-3632 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Address: 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia MN 56359
Phone: 320-532-3632
Email: millelacs@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/millelacs

May Crafts for Children and Adults at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

What: Kids Crafts: God's Eye Activity
When: Saturday, May 4
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $4 per kit (does not include museum admission)
Phone: 320-532-3632

Children are invited to the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post to learn how to weave a "God's Eye" design to take home. "God's Eye" decorative designs have historically been used on ceremonial shields of American Indian tribes of the southwestern portion of the United States. Participating youngsters and parents will receive an instructional handout and materials to make the craft item. This activity will take about one hour and is recommended for children 8 and up.

What: Woodland Pottery Workshop
When: Part I: Saturday, May 11, Part II: Saturday, May 18
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: $60/$55 for MHS members
Reservations: Required; call 320-523-3632

This two part class will give instruction on how to construct a decorative clay vessel; from start to finish. The first day, May 11, will focus on digging clay, harvesting tempering agents and making the clay object. During the second class, held on May 18, participants will finish the surface details of the vessels and temper them in a firing pit.

Registration is required by May 8. Light lunch and refreshments will be provided both class days. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

About the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post is a Minnesota Historical Society site located on the southwest shore of Lake Mille Lacs. It tells the story of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe through exhibits, demonstrations and the "Four Seasons Room," in which life-size dioramas depict early Ojibwe lifestyles. The adjacent 1930s trading post has been fully restored and offers locally made crafts and related merchandise.

May is Museums Month in Minnesota

Minnesota Museums Month is a statewide celebration of museums, their stories, and their communities. This May, visit a new museum in your community, take a road trip, or return to one of your favorites that you haven’t seen in a while. Museums of every type—art, historical, science, arboretums, zoos and more—are participating. For more information visit www.museumsmonth.org.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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.