Cornhusk Dolls and Birch Bark Ornaments at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in December

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Release dated: 
November 13, 2013
Media contacts: 

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

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

Travis Zimmerman • Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post • 320-532-3632 •

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Place: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Address: 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia MN 56359
Phone: 320-532-3632

Cornhusk Dolls and Birch Bark Ornaments at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in December


The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post is dedicated to the history, culture and contemporary life of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. The museum features many artifacts and crafts, life-size dioramas and a spacious craft room. The adjacent trading post offers a large selection of handcrafted items, art supplies and books. A small exhibit area at the front of the post, in operation since 1910, shares the history of the site. Museum admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

cornhuskEvent: Kids Crafts: Story Book Time and Cornhusk Dolls
Date: Saturday, Dec. 7
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Cost: $6 per kit (does not include museum admission)

Cornhusk dolls have enjoyed a long and rich history. A popular craft for centuries, cornhusk dolls are made from the outer covering of an ear of corn, typically during the fall after the ears of corn were dried and husked. Children will learn about the traditions and materials of the cornhusk doll through storytelling from noon to 1 p.m. A light snack will also be provided. Participants will receive a kit that includes materials for the doll and an instructional handout. The project is recommended for ages 10 and up and will take about an hour to complete.

Event: Birch Bark Ornament Workshop
Date: Saturday, Dec. 14
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: $25/$20 MNHS members; additional supply fee of $15.
Reservations: required; call 320-532-3632

Add a personal touch to decorating and gifbbornamentst-giving during the holidays with handmade miniature birch bark ornaments. The Birch Bark Ornament Workshop offers four hours of instruction and a small group size to provide individual attention to participants. Learn about the traditional design, materials and techniques utilized in Ojibwe crafts and view examples. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required three days prior to the workshop and a minimum of five participants will be required to hold the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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.

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.