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Library Hosting Event on Fur Trade History

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“The Austin Public Library will travel back in time to the fur trading era this Thursday.

Ever been curious to know what it was like to be a fur trader? George Nelson, (played by a costumed interpreter from the Minnesota Historical Society), a fur trade clerk for the XY, North West, and Hudson Bay Companies, will show the route. He will explain the roles of traders, clerks, voyageurs, and Indian suppliers from the Great Lakes fur trade during his noon presentation. Nelson will delve into the economics of fur trading and the value of items like beaver pelts. This program is free and appropriate for all ages.

Later that night, the library, Minnesota Historical Society and Legacy Amendment will present Bob and Julie Walser’s Red River Dances. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre and showcases live music and dance of the people of the Upper-Midwest. Tickets to that event are $5 each or $10 per family.”

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