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Party Like a Voyageur and Free Admission at the North West Company Fur Post this September

August 20, 2014



ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 20 -- The Minnesota Historical Society issued the following news release:

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 can explore the site for free, in conjunction with the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live! 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 events.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society's programs, museums and historic sites.

[Category: Arts/Cultural]

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