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Dakota Dance, Bread and Butter Day and Summer Camp this June at Historic Forestville
Historic Forestville was once a rural trading hub where area farmers exchanged crops for goods and services. By 1890, the entire town was owned by Thomas Meighen and his family. Their general store and other properties have been preserved and restored to there 1890's state. Historic Forestville is operated by costumed interpreters and guides, with more information available online.
What: Dakota Drum and Dance
When: Saturday, June 1
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children; $1 discount for MHS members.
Enjoy a day of Dakota drumming and dancing at Historic Forestville. Guests can take part in a Powwow with a Grand Entry accompanied by music and a variety of traditional American Indian dance styles. Learn Dakota dances including the fancy, grass, jingle dress and other styles for men, women and children.
Dakota crafts will be on display and for sale along with food concessions provided by Friends of Forestville. While at the site make sure to visit the Meighen family store, stocked with 19th century goods.
What: Bread and Butter Day
When: Saturday, June 8
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. State park vehicle permit required.
Visitors to Historic Forestville are invited to step back in time to the 19th century to learn about the weekly task of bread and butter making in the late 1800s. Bask in the aroma of fresh baked bread from the wood burning stove and taste butter, fresh from the churn.
Traditional techniques of bread and butter making will be shown, and opportunities for hands-on participation will be available throughout the day. Guests can also tour the Meighen family store and interact with Forestville's costumed guides.
What: 19th-Century Homestead Day Camp
When: Monday June 10, June 17 and June 24
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $50/$45 for MHS members, full scholarships available.
Reservations: Required; register online.
Campers (age 8-12) will don a shopkeeper's apron to learn the work and tasks of running Historic Forestville's 19th century general store. Young general store managers will price goods, candle eggs and compound medicines. Outdoors, they'll gather eggs and tend to Forestville's chickens. In the parlor, campers will participate in songs, music, games and storytelling from the 1800s and will experience the aromas and activities of cooking on a wood burning stove in the kitchen.
Campers should dress for outdoor activities and bring a bag lunch.
About Historic Forestville
At Historic Forestville, visitors can see 19th-century merchandise in the Meighen family store, discover what’s cooking in the kitchen and help the hired hand with chores in the garden and farm buildings. The historic village is located inside Forestville State Park, between Preston and Spring Valley, approximately 40 miles from Rochester or Austin. A State Park vehicle permit is required. For more information call 507-765-2785.
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.
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