Opening of fur trade exhibit at museum rescheduled for April 20

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.

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)

The Minnesota Historical Society traveling exhibit, "Fur Trade in Minnesota," will be opening at the Becker County Museum on April 20 — 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 20 — and the museum is looking for historic photos and stories of local fur trappers and traders to display alongside the state exhibit. (Submitted photo)

"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.  

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