Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Offers Crafts for Kids and Adults, Annual Memorial Day Powwow in May

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Release dated: 
April 2, 2014
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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

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Offers Crafts for Kids and Adults, Annual Memorial Day Powwow in May

May marks spring at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post with fun, hands-on programs for all ages. May hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning Memorial Day Weekend and continuing through Labor Day, the museum and trading post will also be open on Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum houses exhibits, including video and computer interactives, listening stations, artifact displays and the dramatic "Four Seasons Room," which features life-size dioramas modeled after Mille Lacs Band members. The museum's spacious crafts room serves as a demonstration area for traditional cooking, birch-bark basketry and beadwork. Adjacent to the museum, a restored trading post retains its 1930s appearance.

Special programs in May include:

Kids Crafts: Cornhusk DollsCorn husk dolls
Date: Saturday, May 3
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $6 per kit (museum admission not included)

Children will learn about cornhusk dolls while making one to take home. Cornhusk dolls are made out of the outer covering of an ear of corn and are typically made during the fall. Participants will receive a kit and instructions. An hour is recommended for this craft activity. The project is suitable for children ages 8 and up.

Woodland Pottery Workshop
Date: Saturdays, May 10 and May 17
Time: Noon to 4 p.m. both days
Fee: $60/$55 MNHS members
Reservations: required by May 7; call 320-532-3632.

During the first session, participants will learn how to dig clay, harvest the tempering agents and construct a clay vessel. Then, the pots will dry for a week. During the second session, participants will finish the surface details and temper the clay in a firing pit. A ligMille Lacs Powwowht lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Memorial Day Powwow
Date: Monday, May 26
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.

Join museum staff and community members at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post's annual Memorial Day Powwow. Bring the family to participate in a social gathering honoring American Indian veterans past and present and experience firsthand the excitement of a contemporary powwow. This outdoor event is free and open to the public, but regular admission prices apply to visit the museum.

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.

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.