Mostly Trapping

Opening of fur trade exhibit at museum rescheduled for April 20
Apr 8, 2019 08:30 ET

(Reprinted from above link)

Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the opening of the Minnesota Historical Society traveling exhibit on "The Fur Trade in Minnesota" that was scheduled for this Saturday, April 6 at the Becker County Museum in Detroit Lakes has been postponed.

"Our opening date has been bumped to April 20," said Becky Mitchell, director of the Becker County Museum, on Thursday.

When it does officially open, however, the exhibit will include contributions from several local and regional partners, including Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Cormorant Sportsman's Club, Sunram Taxidermy, and the Minnesota Trappers Association — not to mention oral history contributions from local residents who have actually worked in the fur trade, or have a relative who did.

"We've gathered quite a few stories from local trappers," Mitchell said.

School tours of the exhibit are already being scheduled, and there are also multiple events being planned in conjunction with it: On Saturday, April 27, Rick Julian of the Cormorant Sportsman's Club will be giving a fur trapping presentation that is "educational for all ages," Mitchell said; on Saturday, May 11, the museum's Family Day festivities will include a mixed media art activity and presentation focused on the fur-bearing animals that live in this area; and on Thursday, May 16, Fern Belling and Todd Voss will be giving an "Evening of Americana" concert that includes the music of the voyageurs as well as songs from the American Revolution, Civil War and much more, featuring a variety of instruments.

That concert, which starts at 7 p.m., will be a fundraiser for the museum's building project, which is tentatively scheduled to break ground in 2020, with a 2021 move-in date.