Winter Frolic and Queen Charlotte's Ball Bring Winter Fun to North West Company Fur Post

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Release dated: 
December 18, 2013
Media contacts: 

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

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

Patrick Schifferdecker • North West Company Fur Post • 320-629-6356 •

Quick facts: 

Place: North West Company Fur Post
Address: 12551 Voyageur Lane
Box 51, Pine City MN 55063
Cost: varies by program
Phone: 320-629-6356

Winter Frolic and Queen Charlotte's Ball Bring Winter Fun to North West Company Fur Post

Try some of the fun activities that helped get people through the long, cold winter at North West Company Fur Post, a reconstructed fur post dating back to 1804.

curlingEvent: Winter Frolic
Date: Saturday, Jan. 11
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: $9 adults; $7 seniors and college students, $6 children; $2 discount for MNHS members.

Take advantage of the ice and snow by trying the popular centuries-old wintertime sport of curling, or try a game of snow snake, a game traditionally played by Ojibwe, Sioux, Oneida and Iroquois people of the northern Midwest. Try snowshoeing along the nature trails and learn about the North West Company and winter travel during the fur trade. When it is time to warm up, watch the outdoor festivities from inside the sun-soaked visitor center. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while relaxing by the warm fire.

Event: Queen Charlotte's Ball
Date: Saturday, Feb. 8
Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $35/$32 for MNHS members.
Reservations: required, call 320-629-6356

Ball Queen Charlotte's Ball has a long, rich history dating back to 1780, when King George III held the first ball to celebrate his wife's birthday and to raise funds for a new maternity hospital. The ball became an important annual event on the social calendar. Get dressed up in period or semi-formal attire and enjoy an evening of entertainment reminiscent of early 19th-century high society. Country dance steps will be taught and called. Country dancing is a dance form that was at peak popularity in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and gained further exposure as a favorite pastime of ladies and gentlemen of all ages in the works of Jane Austen. During a mid-dance break visitors will enjoy a selection of delicious refreshments. Period or semi-formal attire is requested.

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 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.