For immediate release
Event: Firelight Tours and Crafts
Date: Dec. 7, 2013
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; $2 discount for MNHS members.
Tour the North West Company Fur Post by Firelight Dec. 7
In the fall of 1804, a trader from the North West Company traveled from modern day Wisconsin with plans to set up a trading post near Ojibwe territory. The trader, his native wife and crew of men lived and worked at the post through the winter, trading manufactured goods with the Ojibwe people in exchange for food and furs. Nearly all of the 223 days spent trading along the Snake River were documented in the trader's journal. The adventurous group left the post in April of 1805 and never returned. Over time the post fell into ruin and burned.
The Firelight Tours provide an opportunity for visitors to see the post as it must have been during the winter of 1804-1805, lit only by firelight and lanterns. Imagine what it was like to spend cold winter nights at the six-room rowhouse that served as shop, warehouse and home for the traders. Interact with costumed interpreters, see the living quarters and visit the shop where tools, kettles and wool blankets were likely traded in exchange for furs and food. After a tour of the reconstructed winter post, return indoors to create a holiday ornament from sheets of pliable birch bark.
Firelight tours are held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6-17 and a $2 discount for MNHS members.
About 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.
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.
About the Minnesota Historical Society
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.