Turn Bark into Rope and Play Games of Skill and Knowledge at North West Company Fur Post in August

For immediate release

Release dated: 
July 16, 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: 

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

Turn Bark into Rope and Play Games of Skill and Knowledge at North West Company Fur Post in August

Visit the North West Company Fur Post for engaging, interactive events throughout August.

Traditions of the Trading Post: Fun with Fiber
Dates: Weekends in August
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

Guests can enhance their skills while learning about tools of the early 1800s fur trade. In this special program, participants will see how to turn bark into rope, leaves into mats and branches into toys. After enjoying projects like hide-scraping, sewing birch bark and making twine, visitors can also make a toy to take home.

Children's WeekendChildren's Weekend
Dates: Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug 24
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

Experience the life of a 19th-century child while learning the skills of a voyageur. This active, family-friendly weekend will ring in the end of summer with the toys and games that children played which prepared them for their adult lives. In addition to playing games like "cat-and-mouse," kids can create a toy to take home.

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.