Discover Edible Nature and the Power of Horses at the Forest History Center in August

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Release dated: 
July 24, 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

Discover Edible Nature and the Power of Horses at the Forest History Center in August

This August, two Saturday events invite visitors to discover the power and delicacy of nature at the Forest History Center. Wild Edibles takes visitors on a nature hike to learn about the common edible plants growing in Minnesota and Real Horse Power is a chance to get close to the workhorses of an earlier era.

The Forest History Center acquaints visitors with life in a recreated 1900 logging camp and a log-drive floating cook shack moored on the Mississippi river.

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

Forget a trip to the convenience store, on this tour sip sumac lemonade, savor sauteed day lilies, nibble on a fresh fiddlehead and munch on acorns. On this nature hike visitors will learn which common plants growing in northern Minnesota forests are edible and how to responsibly harvest them. After the tour, head back to the Visitor Center and learn how to prepare the items. There will be an opportunity to sample nature's delicacies and to learn the cook's recipes.

horsesWhat: Real Horse Power
When: Saturday, Aug. 24
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $$6 children ages 6 to 17, free for children under 5 and MHS members

Bring your camera to this event where visitors have a chance to get up close to the draft horses and teamsters who powered much of America well into the twentieth century. Logging and lumbering, one of the nation’s largest and most important industries relied heavily on the powerful Percheron draft horse to move the huge white pine logs from the forest to landings on the river. This event features horses doing traditional tasks such as skidding, cross hauling and jammer loading.

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 History Center

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 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.