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UPDATE: Wild Rice Demos, Arts and Craft Workshops and Free Admission at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post this September
UPDATE: please note the clarification about the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live!
From a two-day moccasin workshop to a drop-in kids program about dream catchers, there's something for everyone this September at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Plus, as part of the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live! on Saturday Sept. 27, guests can get two free admission tickets per household by registering online. See http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ for more details and to register.
Wild Rice Processing
Date: Saturdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: Noon, 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Cost: FREE (does not include museum admission)
This free program presents an opportunity for guests to learn first-hand about processing wild rice. Guests will head to the scenic lakeshore where museum staff will detail the entire task from raw to finished product including drying, parching, threshing and winnowing the rice. These 20 minute demonstrations are offered on the hour. Demonstrations may be cancelled due to bad weather. Regular admission fees apply to visit the museum.
Kids Crafts: Dream Catchers
Date: Saturday, Sept. 6
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $5 per kit (does not include museum admission.)
Dream catchers are woven webs believed to protect the delicate dream worlds of the people who sleep beneath them. Here, children can learn firsthand how to weave a dream catcher and then take their work home. The dream catcher kit includes materials and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the craft. This program is recommended for children 8 and up.
Ojibwe Moccasin Workshop
Date: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28
Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $60/$55 for MNHS members. Additional supply fee of $15.
Reservations: required, call 320-532-3632
In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the art of leatherwork and will leave with their own pair of authentic Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. On both days, a light lunch and refreshments will be provided. A minimum of 5 participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Discounted hotel rooms are available for workshop participants Saturday night at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
About 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.