Dream Catcher Kids Craft and Birch Bark Harvest Workshop at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in June

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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

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

Dream Catcher Kids Craft and Birch Bark Harvest Workshop at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in June

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post is the summer destination for hands-on workshops for all ages. In June, children can make a dream catcher while adults can learn how to work with birch bark.

Kids Crafts: Dream Catchers
Saturday, June 8
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$5 per kit (does not include museum admission).

Children can learn how to weave a dream catcher and make one to take home. The dream catcher is a woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it. The cost for the dream catcher kit is $5 and it includes materials for the dream catcher and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the craft. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up. Cost for the kit does not include admission to museum.

Birch Bark Harvest WorkshopBirch Bark Basket
June 22 and 23
Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
$60/$55 MHS members; $15 supply fee

Learn how to harvest, store and work with birch bark in this two-day workshop. During the first class participants will go into the woods and harvest bark. During the second class participants will be make a basket out of the bark. Registration is required by June 19. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. A minimum of 5 participants required to host workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A portion of the class will take place outdoors, so please dress accordingly. In case of inclement weather, alternate dates will be June 29 and 30.

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.

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