June Programs Teach Visitors About Moccasins, Arrowheads, Stone Tools and the War of 1812 at the North West Company Fur Post

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Release dated: 
May 14, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Patrick Schifferdecker • North West Company Fur Post • 320-629-6356 • patrick.schifferdecker@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: North West Company Fur Post
Address: 12551 Voyageur Lane
Box 51, Pine City MN 55063
Cost: $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 320-629-6356
Email: nwcfurpost@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/nwcfurpost

June Programs Teach Visitors About Moccasins, Arrowheads, Stone Tools and the War of 1812 at the North West Company Fur Post

The North West Company Fur Post is a reconstructed fur post from the winter of 1804. It serves as a living history site where visitors of all ages can enjoy hands-on learning in a unique, fun environment. The site is open in May on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day it is open Mondays and Thursdays through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

The site is open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event: Traditions of the Trading Post: Hides to Moccasins
Dates: June 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
Fee: $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Leather moccasins were essential to voyageurs, fur trade clerks and the Ojibwe alike. Watch as costumed interpreters process deer hides into leather. Help scrape the hair from the hide, learn how voyageur moccasins are made, and explore how animal brains can be used to tan hides.

Event: War of 1812 Family Day
Dates: June 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Visitors participate in musket drills

It’s the War of 1812 and the Americans are attacking British territories. The North West Company is enlisting all able-bodied voyageurs to help defend the business of the fur trade. Join in musket drills, march in formation and make a militia hat to show your support.

Event: Arrowheads and Stone Tools
Dates: June 27 and 28
Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Fee: $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

By shaping stone into sharp tools and projectiles, ancient people were able to hunt animals as big as mastodons. Discover the craft of making spear points and arrowheads. Watch as modern flint knappers from around the country demonstrate their skills. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Flint Knappers Guild.

About the 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.

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.