Duluth is served a piece of its pastA Duluth park was recently transported hundreds of years into its past, when European fur traders gained a foothold in what is now northern Minnesota.
By: John Shirley , For the Budgeteer News
A Duluth park was recently transported hundreds of years into its past, when European fur traders gained a foothold in what is now northern Minnesota.
Not literally of course, but Sept. 24-29, historical reenactors at the Lester River Rendezvous recreated a camp from that period.
The reenactors slept in period shelters, wore period clothes, and convincingly played period characters, giving historical talks and demonstrations. These included musket ball making, musket shooting, cannon firing, blacksmithing, and even a wilderness church service.
On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the reenactors arrived. On Thursday and Friday, every half hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., classes were given to students from Duluth area schools. On Saturday, despite the main event being moved to Sunday, many still visited the camp. On Sunday, the main event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also included live music and vendors.