Hands On Crafts for Kids and Adults, Plus a Birthday Cake at Mille Lacs Indian Museum in August

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Release dated: 
July 17, 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
Cost: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. Unless otherwise noted.
Phone: 320-532-3632
Email: millelacs@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/millelacs

Hands On Crafts for Kids and Adults, Plus a Birthday Cake at Mille Lacs Indian Museum in August

Summer programs at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post include many family activities, a free open house and a two-day moccasin crafting workshop. Plus, make sure to view the current exhibit "Naamijig: Honoring Our Traditions (The Ones Who Dance)" featuring photographs by Ivy Vainio, before it closes on Aug. 18.

Saturday, Aug. 3

What: Kids Crafts: Shoulder Bag Activity
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $7 per kit (does not include museum admission).

Children will learn how to decorate an Ojibwe-style shoulder bag. This activity provides a hands-on introduction to the arts and culture of the Ojibwe, a woodland people of the Great Lakes region. The price includes supplies needed to decorate the bag. Please allow an hour for the activity. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Recommended for children ages 8 and up.

Tuesday, Aug. 6

MIlle Lacs Trading Post1935What: 53rd Birthday Celebration
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

Help celebrate the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post's 53rd Birthday. Cupcakes and refreshments will be provided. Explore the exhibits including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas then head next door to shop for Ojibwe arts and crafts at the Trading Post. As part of the celebration there will be 10-percent off purchases for the day.

Sunday, Aug. 18

powwow exhibitWhat: Open House
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Explore the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post during the annual Open House when the historic site is open for special Sunday hours and offers free admission. Visit the exhibits including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas then head next door to shop for Ojibwe arts and crafts at the Trading Post.

What: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Fun Run
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cost: FREE

Take a short walk around the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Powwow grounds and earn a free gift courtesy of the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Registration for the walk is located at the pavilion on the powwow grounds.

Please note this event does not take place at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. Call 320-532-3632 for more information.

What: Closing Reception, Naamijig: Honoring Our Traditions (The Ones Who Dance)
Time 11 a.m.
Cost: FREE

Join artist Ivy Vainio for a closing reception for the exhibit "Naamijig: Honoring Our Traditions." The reception will include a short program and refreshments.

Experience life on the "powwow trail" through a collection of Ivy Vainio's 2011 and 2012 digital photographs. The powwow dancers featured in each of the sixteen photographs are accompanied by a written narrative from the dancers on what it means to dance at powwows. Ivy Vainio is a direct descendent of a Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe member and is very connected to Ojibwe culture, values and beliefs.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25

moccasin workshopWhat: Ojibwe Moccasin Workshop
Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $60/$55 for MHS members; additional supply fee of $15.
Reservations required, call 320-532-3632

Learn techniques of working with leather at this two-day workshop. Participants will make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants on Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. A minimum of five participants required to host workshop.

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.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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