NW Company Fur Post welcomes families for Children’s Days

The North West Company Fur Post wraps-up its summer season with special programs offered in August. Visitors can explore the historic site through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

Special arrangements can be made to visit the site during the off-season from September through May. For reservations call, 320-629-6356.

Children’s Days at the fur post

Families are invited to experience exciting, educational and kid-friendly activities that showcase the life and times of voyageurs and fur traders Aug. 18-19, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4:30 Sunday, at the North West Company Fur Post near Pine City.

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Children and adults can interact with costumed interpreters and participate in hands-on activities to learn the value of trade goods and pelts, canoe routes traveled by traders, and the roles of the different cultural groups who came together in the fur trade.

The authentically reconstructed 1804 trading post will engage the entire family through interactive displays and demonstrations, such as open hearth cooking and traditional Ojibwe crafts.

The Traditions of the Trading Post series continues in August and September when demonstrations teach visitors the methods and skills used in the early 1800s.

Taught by costumed interpreters, visitors can take a hands-on approach to learning about life in the fur trade era. Saturday sessions are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday sessions are noon to 4:30 p.m.

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.

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