Learn About the Fur Trade, the Art of Moccasin Making and Stone Tools in June at the North West Company Fur Post

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Release dated: 
May 15, 2013
Media contacts: 

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

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@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
Cost: $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 320-629-6356
Email: nwcfurpost@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/nwcfurpost

Learn About the Fur Trade, the Art of Moccasin Making and Stone Tools in June at the North West Company Fur Post

Visitors to the North West Company Fur Post in June will be able to take part in voyageur activities, learn about American Indian crafts and explore the reconstructed fort and trails used by fur traders in the early 1800s. All programs are free with regular site admission of $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6-17 and free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

What: Voyageur Militia Day
When: Saturday, June 1
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

North West Company Fur PostTravel back in time to 1804 at the North West Company Fur Post and experience "living history" with trained interpreters who bring the past to life using archaeology, history, theater and more.

Costumed reenactors portraying North West Company agents will be enlisting all able-bodied voyageurs (visitors) to help defend the business of the fur trade when the United States declares war on England in 1812. Guests will learn how to march in formation, make a militia hat to take home and experience military camp life in the early 1800s.

What: Traditions of the Trading Post: Hides to Moccasins
When: June 8 - 9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost; $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Preparing HideGuests are invited to the North West Company Fur Post to learn how moccasins are made. essential footwear for voyageurs, clerks and Ojibwe. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate how hides are converted to leather and then to moccasins; the preferred footwear for voyageurs, clerks and Ojibwe.

Visitors will see how Ojibwe craftsmen and craftswomen produced fine buckskin for clothing and footwear using a process called "brain-tanning." Participants can also try scraping hair from deer hides, help stretch and soften the hides and help sew the leather.

Arrowheads and Stone Tools
When: June 28-29
Time: Noon to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Learn about the skilled art of making spear points and arrowheads and how modern flint knappers keep this ancient craft alive. This annual event attracts knappers from around the country who will demonstrate their skills, the same as those used thousands of years ago to hunt wild game. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Flint Knappers Guild.

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.

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.