Forest Edibles and the Lumberjack Life This June at the Forest History Center

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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

Larry Sommer • Forest History Center • 218-327-4482 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Forest History Center
Address: 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids MN 55744
Phone: 218-327-4482
Email: foresthistory@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/foresthistory

Forest Edibles and the Lumberjack Life This June at the Forest History Center

The Forest History Center is a recreated turn-of-the-century logging camp featuring exhibits and nature trails. It is staffed by costumed history interpreters who help visitors to learn local history by engaging with it. More information can be found online.

What: Wild Edibles
When: Saturday, June 8
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Cost: $15 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $11 children ages 6-17; $5 for MHS members.
Reservations: Required; call 218-327-4482

Bunkhouse at the Forest History CenterSip sumac lemonade, savor sauteed day lilies, nibble on a fresh fiddlehead and munch on acorns. This program is designed to teach visitors which common plants growing in northern Minnesota forests are edible and how to responsibly harvest them.

Participants can go on a nature hike where they'll learn where certain plants grow and the best times to pick them. Afterwards, guests will head back to the Visitor Center to learn how to prepare and cook their harvest, complete with opportunities to sample nature's delicacies and bring home recipes.

What: Be a Lumberjack Children's Day
When: Friday June 21 and Saturday June 22
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Phone: 218-327-4482

Children Sawing Children are invited to the Forest History Center to learn what is was like to be a lumberjack in the early 1900s. Special hands-on activities will capture children's imaginations as they immerse themselves in the lives of lumber camp workers from the early 20th century.

At the camp children can help saw wood, count beans, wash linens, bake cookies, stamp logs and scoop up "road apples." Then it's time for fun with games like prune-in-a-spoon races, raisin spitting, stump-jumping and more.

About the Forest History Center

The Minnesota Historical Society site is at 2609 County Road 76, near Hwys. 169 and 2 in Grand Rapids. It is filled with living-history characters who acquaint visitors with life in a recreated 1900 logging camp and a log-drive floating cook shack moored on the Mississippi river. A 1930s forest ranger's cabin, fire tower and self-guided trails are part of the site, along with exhibits and a renovated visitor center which opened in 2004. For more information, call 218-327-4482.

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.