Learn How to Use Birchbark to Make Houses, Containers and Canoes at the North West Company Fur Post Weekends in July

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Release dated: 
June 12, 2013
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Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

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Quick facts: 

Event: Traditions of the Trading Post: Birchbark Bonanza
Date: Weekends in July
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Place: North West Company Fur Post, 12551 Voyageur Lane
Box 51, Pine City
Cost: Included with admission of $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
Call for more information 320-629-6356
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/nwcfurpost

Learn How to Use Birchbark to Make Houses, Containers and Canoes at the North West Company Fur Post Weekends in July

Explore American Indian arts and crafts through hands-on demonstrations offered weekends in July. The Traditions of the Trading Post series, teaches visitors about the skills used in the early 1800s fur trade.

Birchbark Canoe In July, costumed interpreters will demonstrate how the bark of the paper birch was used to make a variety of items including houses, containers and canoes used by the Ojibwe and fur traders. Visitors can tour a wigwam to investigate its construction and try sewing birchbark, the traditional technique, while making a toy canoe to take home.

While at the site, guests can explore the restored 1800s fur post and learn about the global economy of the time, the lives of workers in the fur trade, cross-cultural communications, women's roles and archeological tools used to uncover information about the fur trade.

Inside the Visitor Center, explore the exhibit gallery to discover why a hat was the driving force behind the earliest European exploration and settlement of the region. Then try on various hats, including a stovepipe top hat made of felt. View a 24 foot long north canoe loaded with merchandise typical of the time. And try lifting a pack typical of what a voyageur would have carried.

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.

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