Living History and Historical Reenactment in Minnesota

The members of the White Oak Society welcome you to our web site. We are a non-profit organization providing living history interpretations of the fur trade era within the Great Lakes region. We operate The White Oak Learning Centre & White Oak Fur Post near Deer River, Minnesota.

New for this year we have expanded the time periods that we are going to portray and educate through the “Living History” medium. From the mists of the dark ages emerge the Vikings and the last remnants of the Roman Empire. The medieval period as represented by the centuries from 1200 to 1500 A.D. and the early Renaissance of the 1500′s through the 1650′s, wherein we see the colonization of the new world and the origins of the Fur Trade. Lastly the late 1800′s and early 1900′s in the form of the tractors and early equipment of the small farming community.

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The White Oak Society - Fur Trade Era Historical Reenactment in Deer River Minnesota

Housed within the White Oak Learning Centre are the The Great Hall, The Rick Balen Library, and the White Oak Society Office. Our goal is to expand today’s horizons with a hands-on experience of the past.

Our goal is to research and host educational workshops, history festivals, and other events using the Living History medium. We strive to re-create the various periods of history in as authentic a manner as we are capable and to constantly improve and expand our knowledge and presentations. Each year during the first weekend in August we sponsor the White Oak Rendezvous and History Festival where through our recreation of an 18th century fur post of the North West Company, our growing camp of 15th century Willenstark Company mercenaries and a cast of authentic and colorful characters, we hope to allow reenactors and the public the opportunity to relive the vibrancy and ambiance of times gone by.

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Nicole Richards
on July 27, 2014 15:00
So I was wondering what is the earliest that we can come and set up
Becky Semmler
on July 27, 2014 22:58
Parker is there now and trying to iron out some details. Anytime is fine.
Nicole Richards
on July 28, 2014 15:38
Sry didn't see ur post till too late
Becky Semmler
on July 28, 2014 22:19
is'allrite....I hijacked Parker to help me with farm stuff today ...but i shall return him. Most anywhere is fine...a change this year is "other" time periods are moving up into the public area to fill space and all fur trade and trader's row past the "fence". a temporary change to mix it up and ready people for more changes in site when the grant money does come in. Hope you found a good sight. do you have a contact phone# for any of 'us'? I can message you mine or parker's if you would like., Nicole Richards..
Belinda Jessica Simmons
on July 29, 2014 01:30
Nicole Richards
Nicole Richards
on July 29, 2014 01:42
We got ahold of Ben and are all set up thanks thou :-)
Nicole Richards
on July 28, 2014 15:30
So we are here now not knowing where to set up. We went in the back but it seems pretty wet
Sara Wingen
on July 28, 2014 17:56
Well have fun with that!
Becky Semmler
on July 28, 2014 22:21
It's all wet this year :( feel free to move more up front...
Dan Boessel
on July 27, 2014 02:25
What is flatlander admission this year? Last I knew it was $8 a head but Belinda said something about $6, and if I want to spread the word up here a price would help.
Natalie Pankratz-Leff
on July 27, 2014 02:35
10 and under free, and $5.00 for rest. Per poster. Dave
John Debnam
on July 26, 2014 17:44
I so hope this is how it works out. Tuesday, July 29 Partly Cloudy H: 78° L: 55° SunriseRise: 5:51 AM Set: 8:54 PM SunsetRise: 8:43 AM Set: 9:50 PM Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s. Wednesday, July 30 Partly Cloudy H: 79° L: 55° SunriseRise: 5:52 AM Set: 8:53 PM SunsetRise: 9:43 AM Set: 10:15 PM Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 50s. Thursday, July 31 Partly Cloudy H: 80° L: 55° SunriseRise: 5:53 AM Set: 8:51 PM SunsetRise: 10:43 AM Set: 10:40 PM Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 50s. Friday, August 01 Partly Cloudy H: 82° L: 57° SunriseRise: 5:54 AM Set: 8:50 PM SunsetRise: 11:45 AM Set: 11:07 PM Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 50s. Saturday, August 02 Mostly Sunny H: 82° L: 58° SunriseRise: 5:56 AM Set: 8:49 PM SunsetRise: 12:48 PM Set: 11:36 PM Plenty of sun. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 50s. Sunday, August 03 Partly Cloudy H: 84° L: 58° SunriseRise: 5:57 AM Set: 8:47 PM SunsetRise: 1:52 PM Set: 12:01 AM Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 50s. Monday, August 04 Sunny H: 82° L: 58° SunriseRise: 5:58 AM Set: 8:46 PM SunsetRise: 2:57 PM Set: 12:09 AM Mainly sunny. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 50s.
Tom Abeyta
on July 21, 2014 05:30
Howdy folks. I won't be able to make it up to Deer River this year again. I have a scheduled liver operation procedure again. I hope to make next year. Have a great time to all. See ya all on the trail.
Dan Boessel
on July 21, 2014 05:33
Best of luck to you Tom, see you round the river bend.
Tom Abeyta
on July 21, 2014 05:35
You know it, Dan. Thanks. I need all I can get. A Prayer or two helps a lot too. Thanks again, my young friend. Watch the back trail. I'm coming back.
Dan Boessel
on July 21, 2014 05:40
Prayers come with good wishes, anything that will help my friend.
Julie-Ken Schaar
on July 21, 2014 15:46
hope everything goes well. see you next year.
Ben Rial
on July 21, 2014 17:48
Gonna miss you buddy! Prayers and smoke for a successful operation and a speedy recovery!
Gary Wolf
on July 21, 2014 19:44
:(
Chuck Ogee
on July 21, 2014 21:37
will miss you tom best of luck will say a word for you!
Tom Abeyta
on July 21, 2014 21:44
Thank you Chuck, Ben and Julie for all the kind words and Well wishes. I appreciate all you folks. May God bless you all.
Lothar Degen
on July 23, 2014 03:51
You'll be missed this year, Tom. Best wishes to you for a good recovery, and I know we'll all look forward to seeing you next time!
Mary Kim Wildermuth Donalds
on July 25, 2014 03:46
you will be missed . I hope all the best for you.
Natalie Pankratz-Leff
on July 22, 2014 02:37
Dustyn will run the hawk range on Saturday & Sunday but he just found out he has a Final @ school on Friday & can't make it up until later in the afternoon. If we can find someone for Friday that would be great or I could be an adult supervisor and Dylan can teach over there if needed that day, Let us know what else you need covered. Thanks!
Francesca Latimer
on July 22, 2014 03:05
I'll be available to watch the range that day! We could switch off if you'd like?
Natalie Pankratz-Leff
on July 22, 2014 10:13
Sounds great!!!

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