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Fur Trader Encampment this weekend at Dunes State Park

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History will come alive this weekend at Indiana Dunes State Park for the annual Fur Trader Encampment, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8; with a special event on the night of Friday, Sept. 6.

Be sure to visit the Ouiatenon Brigade on the beach east of the Pavilion as they re-enact the fur-trading era.

A schedule of events:

Friday, Sept. 6

--7:30 p.m. at the Campground Shelter next to Campsite 116: Voyageur Campfire, Music, and Símores: Delight in a símore treat while enjoying songs of French Voyageurs, and join the musicians from the Trois Canards as they lead folks in interactive French folk music that has survived for hundreds of years.

Saturday, Sept. 7

--10 a.m.--Beaver Trading Hike: Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center for a trek through the Dunes and a meeting with the early French fur traders who inhabited this area nearly 200 years ago. Bring your beaver pelt or borrow one of ours.

--1 p.m.--J.D. Marshall Shipwreck: Set anchor at the Nature Center Auditorium for this interactive program looking at one of our special shipwreck stories on Lake Michigan. This shipwreck is an underwater nature preserve located within the state park.

--3 p.m.--The 1917 Dunes Pageant: Come to the Nature Centerís Auditorium and enjoy special guest Serena Sutliff, curator of the Westchester Township History Museum, as she looks at the earliest efforts to save the Indiana dunes from industrial expansion and destruction. Learn about how and why those efforts failed and their legacy that still remains 100 years later.

--8 to 11 p.m.--Singing Sands Stargaze: Bring a blanket and join us on the main beach east of the Pavilion for an annual event with local astronomers from the Calumet Astronomical Society. Several telescopes will be set up as well as periodic constellation talks.

Sunday, Sept. 8

--10 a.m.-- Meet the naturalist at the Nature Center for a trek through the Dunes and a meeting with the early French fur traders who inhabited this area nearly 200 years ago. Bring your beaver pelt or borrow one of ours.

--2 p.m.--The CCC Boys of the Dunes: Sit back in the Nature Center Auditorium and learn a little about the Civilian Conservation Corps Boys who helped build our park over 80 years ago.

 

Posted 9/4/2019

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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