Explore Art, Crafts and History at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in August

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Release dated: 
July 16, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3141, megan.lawson@mnhs.org
Travis Zimmerman, Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 320-532-3632

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

Explore Art, Crafts and History at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in August

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post includes a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and an adjacent restored 1930s trading post where visitors can find American Indian gifts from Mille Lacs artisans.

During the year the site also offers hands-on programs about American Indian history and crafts, special community programs and art exhibits.

gods eyeKids Crafts: God's Eye Activity
Date: Saturday, Aug. 2
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $4 per kit, does not include museum admission.

Kids can try their hand at weaving a "God's Eye" to take home. Along the way, they can gain insight into these designs which are also used on the ceremonial shields of American Indian tribes in the American Southwest. Recommended for children ages 8 and up.

Museum and Trading Post54th Birthday Celebration
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 6
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Join in festivities heralding the Museum's 54th birthday. Guests can explore the exhibits including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas. Cupcakes and refreshments will be provided. Afterwards, visitors can head next door to shop for Ojibwe arts and crafts at the Trading Post. To mark the celebration, there will be 10-percent off all purchases throughout the day.

Open HouseMille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading PostFun Run and Open House
Date: Sunday, Aug. 17
Time: Fun Run - 9 to 10:30 a.m., Open House - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Savor the outdoors and take a short walk around the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe powwow grounds. After the free walk, participants will receive a complimentary gift courtesy of Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Registration will take place at the pavilion on the powwow grounds. Please note that this event will not take place at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum.

Afterwards, venture into the Museum and Trading Post during the annual Open House. All exhibits are open and admission is free.

loom beadingLoom Beading Workshop
Date: Saturday, Aug. 30
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $30/$25 for MNHS members; Additional supply fee $15.

Guests of all ages are welcome to learn the fine art of loom beading through hands-on experience. This interactive workshop allows participants to create a design, put it on a loom and learn how to work it into leather or cloth. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Children 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop, and a minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop.

Native Skywatchers-Reach for the Art in the Sky - Closing Reception
Date: Aug. 23
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free.

View works of art created by Annette S. Lee and William Wilson which are meant to revitalize Dakota and Ojibwe star knowledge and build community. Lee is a professional artist and professor of physics and astronomy at St. Cloud State University. She creates works of art that combine astronomy, Native culture, language and art into one. Wilson paints brightly colored, traditionally inspired, Ojibwe style paintings that incorporate an X-ray effect. In this style, the depiction of both an inner spirit and an outer form can be seen. Lee and Wilson are part of the Native Skywatchers program which is designed to help preserve indigenous astronomy by building community around the native star knowledge. The exhibit closes with a reception on Aug. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. where guests can meet the artists. The exhibit is free.

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.

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.