Connecting Cultures: Exploring the Lake Superior Fur Trade

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A fur trade re-enactor discusses fur trade traditions with a young family
View Website Favorite (1) Madeline Island Museum
226 Colonel Woods Avenue - La Pointe, WI 54850
Information: 715-747-2415

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!

  • History/Heritage Type
    • Re-enactments
    • State Historic Site
    • Wisconsin History
  • State Historic Sign Site
    • Yes

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