For immediate release
Event: Fall Gathering: Festival of the Voyageur
Date: Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21
Time: 10 a.m. to 9 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; $2 discount for MNHS members.
UPDATE: Party Like a Voyageur and Free Admission at the North West Company Fur Post This September
UPDATE: please note the clarification about the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live!
This September, guests can explore Minnesota's fur trade history with the popular annual Fall Gathering, or by visiting the site for free during the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live!
The Fall Gathering: Festival of the Voyageur will be held over two days, on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 21 from noon to 4 p.m.
This special programs allows guests the chance to re-live 200 year-old history and immerse themselves in the experience of an authentic rendezvous. Fur traders would throw giant parties to celebrate the successes of the trading season. Now, visitors can take in the sights and sounds of the period alongside 250 re-enactors camping on the Snake River. Participants can shop for historic crafts, join children's activities, and witness feats of strength and skill as contestants vie for the title of best all-around voyageur. On Saturday evening, guests can learn dance steps during a country dance accompanied by live fiddle music.
The Fall Gathering is appropriate for all ages. Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6-17 and $2 discount for MNHS members.
On Saturday, Sept. 27, visitors who register online can print out tickets for two free admission tickets per household, in conjunction with the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live! Visit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ for more details and to register. Explore the reconstructed fur post, meet a French voyageur, a British fur trade clerk and visit an Ojibwe encampment. The visitor center houses an expansive exhibit gallery with a 24-foot birch canoe, a 30-foot tall stone fireplace and a gift shop. The Snake River heritage trails are open year round for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing.
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.