North West Company Fur Post Teaches Visitors About Traditional Uses of Birchbark During the Month of July

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Release dated: 
June 11, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

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

Quick facts: 

Event: Traditions of the Trading Post: Birchbark Bonanza
Date: Saturdays and Sundays in July
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
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

North West Company Fur Post Teaches Visitors About Traditional Uses of Birchbark During the Month of July

During weekends in July, visitors can visit the North West Company Fur Post to learn about the uses of birchbark as part of their Traditions of the Trading Post series. Demonstrating the utility of birchbarkBirchbark is the "plastic" of the wilderness. Bugs won’t eat it, mice leave it alone and it’s flexible enough to make canoes. Learn about the many uses of this versatile tree bark known as "wigwas" in Ojibwe. Make a toy canoe to take home and visit a house made of wigwas.

Birchbark Bonanza will take place on July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. The North West Company Fur Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $9 adults, $7 senior and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Traditions of the Trading Post is a series that teaches visitors about the skills used in the early 1800s fur trade. Each program includes a hands-on project such as hide scrapping, sewing birch bark and making twine.

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.