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2019 White Oak Society Rendezvous & History Festival

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Experience history with us at the 31st Annual White Oak Society Rendezvous & History Festival on August 2-4, 2019 at the White Oak Society Learning Center and Fur Post in Deer River, Minnesota. In our 18th century rendezzous area, we will have blackpowder shooting demonstrations and contests, hawk and knife throwing demonstrations and competitions, live music, cloggers, and more. There will be kids games, and activities all day, including candle making, vendors and food. The clay oven will be baking, and the smokehouse rolling!

Watch and listen as costumed historical interpreters demonstrate and discuss what it was like to live centuries ago. Visit the Northwest Company store with our head clerk Mr. McDonald; talk to the ladies at the baking oven; learn to throw a trade axe; and so much more! Take a walk through Traders’ Row and see, feel, and taste history. This is a true living history experience you won’t want to miss!

15th Century Medieval Encampment
We will also showcase a full 15th century medieval encampment in its new separate location. See the 15th century soldiers of the Willensstark Company; meet the German Knight in armor, Lothar von Degen. That’s right, two time period camps in separate sites!

Public Hours
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission
Public Entry $5; 10 & Under Free

Camp Fees:
$30 for period correct family and modern camping.
$45 for vendors and blanket traders.

White Oak Memberships (optional) are:
$20 individual; $30 family; $50 vendor; $100 business/corporation

Location
White Oak Fur Post and Learning Center
33155 State Hwy 6
Deer River, MN 56636

For More Information:
Call 218-246-3939 or 218-259-5934
Email bsemmler@whiteoakhistoricalsociety.org or info@whiteoakhistoricalsociety.com

White Oak Society’s major Summer Event, White Oak Society Rendezvous & History Festival has been held every the first weekend of August since 1998. It’s a celebration of historical education, entertainment, great food, and fun shopping opportunities that you won’t want to miss. Join in the experience with 18th century living history interpreters who will take you on a journey back through time to the northern frontier life of a 1798 Northwest Company Fur Post.

Also, take a voyage back to the 15th century where you will come face-to-face with mercenaries under the employ of King Henry the VII as they prepare to defend their small encampment near Calais from French soldiers.

Take part in educational workshops and demonstrations featuring blacksmithing, discussions on medieval weaponry, armor, and soldiering. Learn about 15th and 18th century cooking, woodworking and more.

Campsites are available! Contact the society for more information.

About the White Oak Society
Members of the White Oak Society have presented the lives and characters of a typical fur post in the year 1798 for over twenty years at such sponsored events as the White Oak Society Rendezvous & History Festival. With colorful characters such as the Company Clerk, the Cook, The Canoe Maker, the Bourgeois, the Baker, the Gardener, and let’s not forget the Voyageurs or the Native Americans, without whom the fur trade would not have existed at all!

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next White Oak Society Rendezvous & History Festival the first weekend of August at the White Oak Society Learning Center and Fur Post in Deer River, Minnesota.

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