Connecting Cultures: Exploring the Lake Superior Fur Trade

July 8, 2016 - July 10, 2016

La Pointe
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    A fur trade re-enactor discusses fur trade traditions with a young family

    A fur trade re-enactor discusses fur trade traditions with a young family

Join this dynamic group of expert fur trade re-enactors encamped at the museum as they present a variety of educational and entertaining programs each day. Costumed interpreters explore the length and breadth of the French, British and American fur trade as practiced in the Lake Superior region between 1700 and 1850. Visitors will have all of their five senses engaged as our fur traders depict the documentation old Northwest through the eyes of a frontier artist, the role of women in the trade, voyageur life and fur trapping, the making of traditional glass trade beads and trade silver, Great Lakes maritime history and cartography, the art of ink-making and calligraphy, flint-knapping, and the daily management of the fur trade. There's plenty to see, touch, taste, and smell, with open air cooking, lots of fur trade gear for hands-on exploring, bagpipe music and activities just for children. This one of a kind family-friendly event brings Madeline Island's fur trade history to life!

Event Date Detail

Jul 8, 2016 - Jul 10, 2016

10am - 5pm

History/Heritage Type

  • Re-enactments
  • State Historic Site
  • Wisconsin History

State Historic Sign Site

  • Yes