Lumberjacks and Pies this July at the Forest History Center

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Release dated: 
June 26, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 •

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

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

Lumberjacks and Pies this July at the Forest History Center

The summer season continues at the Forest History Center this July with two family-friendly events. On July 13, visitors can taste a slice of history at the Great Pie Extravaganza. On July 19 and 20, children can take a peek at the life of a lumberjack in the early 1900's.

What: The Great Minnesota Pie Extravaganza
When: Saturday, July 13
Time: Noon - 3 p.m.
Cost: $15 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $11 children ages 6 to 17; $5 for MHS members.
Reservations: Recommended, call 218-327-4482

pie extravanganzaA good cook and plenty of food held a logging camp together. While meat, potatoes and beans were the cook shack staples, it was the pies the men loved most. Cooks worked with ingredients they had on hand to make delicious and wholesome pies.

Take a bite out of history at The Great Minnesota Pie Extravaganza, where visitors will compare and contrast pies served in the logging camps with modern day creations. Visitors are encouraged to bring a recipe to share.

What: Be A Lumberjack Children's Day
When: Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6 to 17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members

Hands-on activities capture children’s imaginations by immersing them in the lives of lumber camp workers from the early 1900s. At the Be A Lumberjack Children's Day, children can help saw wood, count beans, wash the linens, bake cookies, stamp a log or even 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

This summer explore more than 500 museums statewide with the free Minnesota Museums app, brought to you by the Minnesota Association of Museums and the Minnesota Historical Society. Browse Minnesota museums by name, category or location; create an itinerary, check off museums you've visited and upload favorite museum photos; plus the app will also suggest museums based on geographic location. The Minnesota Museums app is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at 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.