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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Deb Williams
on October 24, 2014 00:59
Wanted to let everyone who knows Gary Wolf ( Quill ) that his Pa Larry passed away this afternoon after a long battle with cancer. He was loved by many .
Jeremy Moen
on October 24, 2014 01:06
ahh shit
Ben Rial
on October 24, 2014 01:19
Oh good lord, I am very sorry to hear this. Larry was a nice guy.
Jeremy Moen
on October 24, 2014 01:40
you will be missed by the multitudes of individuals who's hearts you have touched, good-bye Larry Wolf (Pa)
Chuck Ogee
on October 24, 2014 01:49
MJ and I remember Larry well he will be missed. Hang in there Quill
Dan Boessel
on October 24, 2014 01:56
Loved by many, missed by us all. Hope he goes to happy hunting grounds.
Midge Johnson
on October 24, 2014 12:29
He used his gift of life well.
Julie-Ken Schaar
on October 24, 2014 03:02
Wooden bowl and spoon set, $15. Located in Northern Minnesota. Shipping is extra.
Natalie Pankratz-Leff
on October 24, 2014 10:51
Hey. We'll take them. Pm sent. Dave
Julie-Ken Schaar
on September 19, 2014 22:46
We are selling our two 10'x10' each, 100% weatherproof tents. They are in excellent condition, made of very durable, heavy-duty material. These tents are fairly easy to set up and come with all the 2x4s needed to do so. Overlaping tie-flaps in the front and back. Tents were made by Panther Primitives. $400 each. Originally these tents were $1,000 for both.
Julie-Ken Schaar
on October 8, 2014 23:01
Tents are still available and in really good shape. Spread the word if you know of anyone who would be interested.
Julie-Ken Schaar
on October 24, 2014 02:34
Sale pending.
Becky Semmler
on October 18, 2014 16:39
another fun event...
Julie-Ken Schaar
on October 13, 2014 20:41
Assortment of Vikings books for sale. Orig. $55 for all, selling for $30 as a package deal only.
Julie-Ken Schaar
on October 13, 2014 20:38
Vikings: Journey To New Worlds DVD for sale. Only watched a couple times. Original price $7.33, selling for $5.00.

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