MN fur trade exhibit coming to Detroit Lakes

Museum looking for stories of local trappers, traders

The Minnesota Historical Society traveling exhibit, "Fur Trade in Minnesota," will be opening at the Becker County Museum on April 6 — and the museum is looking for historic photos and stories of local fur trappers and traders to display alongside the state exhibit. (Submitted photo)

The Minnesota Historical Society traveling exhibit, "Fur Trade in Minnesota," will be opening at the Becker County Museum on April 6 — and the museum is looking for historic photos and stories of local fur trappers and traders to display alongside the state exhibit. (Submitted photo)

This is one example of some of the interactive displays and activities that will be included with the "Fur Trade in Minnesota" exhibit, which will be on display in Detroit Lakes through June 23. (Submitted photo)

This is one example of some of the interactive displays and activities that will be included with the "Fur Trade in Minnesota" exhibit, which will be on display in Detroit Lakes through June 23. (Submitted photo)

Hundreds of years ago, the land that would one day become the state of Minnesota played an integral role in the establishment of the fur trade.

During the 19th century, this industry flourished along the Great Lakes and in northwest Minnesota — and it is the focus of a new traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society that is coming to Becker County in April.

In conjunction with the arrival of "The Fur Trade in Minnesota," the Becker County Museum is working to gather historical photos and stories of local fur trappers and traders to feature alongside the statewide exhibit during its run, which starts on Saturday, April 6 and continues through June 23.

"We will be doing a local, Becker County spin on this exhibit, which has been traveling around the state since last May," says Becker County Museum Executive Director Becky Mitchell.

"We are looking for pictures and stories about your fur trapper and fur trader relatives," adds the museum's programs director, Emily Buermann. "For instance, my great grandfather, who lived in Pine Point, trapped (animals) all year long. I remember he had this shed off to the side of their home where there would always be different animal pelts out on stretchers."

Mitchell added that once the exhibit opens in Detroit Lakes on April 6, there will be multiple opportunities for classroom teachers throughout the county to bring their students to the museum and tour both the MHS and Becker County displays. 

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