Cornhusk Doll Craft and Sweetgrass Basket Workshop for Kids and Adults this October at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

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Release dated: 
September 17, 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 • travis.zimmerman@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Address: 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia MN 56359
Cost: Prices vary by program.
Phone: 320-532-3632
Email: millelacs@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/millelacs

Cornhusk Doll Craft and Sweetgrass Basket Workshop for Kids and Adults this October at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

Visitors to the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post this October can learn a new craft while exploring American Indian history and culture.

Cornhusk dollKids Crafts: Cornhusk Dolls
Date: Saturday, Oct. 4
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $6 per kit, does not include museum admission of $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students $6 for children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under, MNHS and Mille Lacs Band members.

Children will learn how to make a corn husk doll to take home. Corn husk dolls are made out of the outer covering of an ear of corn and are typically made during the fall. Participants will receive a kit that includes materials for the doll and an instructional handout. Please allow an hour to make the craft. This project is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

Sweetgrass BasketSweetgrass Basket Workshop
Date: Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26
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.

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the art of creating a coil sweetgrass basket. Sweetgrass is a fragrant sacred herb used in ceremonies and artwork by the Ojibwe. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided on both days. A minimum of 5 participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required 3 days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for workshop participants.

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.