Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Hosts Crafts for Kids and Adults in January and February

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Release dated: 
December 18, 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

Quick facts: 

Place: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Address: 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: 320-532-3632
Email: millelacs@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/millelacs

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Hosts Crafts for Kids and Adults in January and February

Visit the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post this winter for hands-on workshops for children and adults that teach American Indian crafts.

Event: Kids Crafts:
Date: Saturdays, Jan. 4 and Feb. 1
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
Cost: Varies by craft

Kids Crafts are monthly drop-in art programs offered one Saturday a month from noon to 3 p.m. at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. The programs highlight American Indian traditions and handicrafts through the sharing of stories and art activities. The cost of the program varies depending on the materials used for the craft.
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  • Kids Crafts: Story Book Time and Shoulder Bag
    Date: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
    Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
    Cost: $7 per kit (museum admission not included).
    From noon to 1 p.m. children can enjoy stories and light snacks, then decorate their own Ojibwe bandolier bag from 1 to 3 p.m. While working on their shoulder bags, children will learn about the art and culture of the Ojibwe, a woodland people of the Great Lakes region. The cost for the shoulder bag is $7 and includes supplies. Museum admission is not included. Please allow an hour to make the craft. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.
  • Kids Crafts: Story Book Time and Bead a Ring
    Date: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
    Time: Noon to 3 p.m.
    Cost: $3 per kit (museum admission not included).
    From noon to 1 p.m. children will listen to stories while enjoying a light snack and refreshments. Following story time, children can learn basic stringing techniques while making a bead ring to take home.The cost for the beaded ring kit is $3 and includes materials for the ring and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the ring. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

Event: Ojibwe Mitten Workshop
Date: Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $65/$60 for MNHS members; additional supply fee of $15mittens
Reservations: required; call 320-532-3632

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post offers a variety of two-day workshops during which participants view and learn traditional Ojibwe crafts. Each day of the workshop includes four hours of instruction. Workshop sizes are kept small to allow for individual attention. In the Ojibwe Mitten Workshop, learn about the materials and techniques used in leather working and make a pair of Ojibwe-style mittens to take home. A light lunch will be provided and discounted hotel rooms are available at nearby Grand Casino. Registration is required three days prior to the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Whenever possible workshops are taught by members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

Event: Ojibwe Moccasin Workshop
Date: Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $60/$55 for MNHS 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. A minimum of 5 participants required to host workshop. 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.

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 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.