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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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!
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!!!
Sara Wingen
on July 21, 2014 04:16
Hey I will be up on the 25th but if you need help with anything let me know. I am still in charge of the tavern right?
Ben Rial
on July 21, 2014 17:49
We'll discuss the liquor sales when you get up here. Yes you can still help. Thank you.
Sara Wingen
on July 21, 2014 19:05
Ok..see you then
Dan Boessel
on July 21, 2014 05:24
Am I needed for the canoe builder stuffs or am i just bumming around this year? I need to know what all to get from old man Flash's house.
Ben Rial
on July 21, 2014 14:35
Yes, if you could bring canoe building stuff to show off that would be great.
John Debnam
on July 21, 2014 01:53
If I come up to work in the Fort Smithy, what equipment is in there? Is someone else planning on working the smithy? I believe the forge is permanent in there but if it isn't, let me know. Bellows? Anvil? Vise? Charcoal? I have my own tools and hammers.
Ben Rial
on July 21, 2014 02:31
Hey John. Bellows and forge, leg vise, table. We'll have charcoal and some steel. I have an anvil that can be used. One of the Ravensmith crew was gonna help run the post smithy. You two could rotate shifts if you like. :-)
John Debnam
on July 21, 2014 02:45
OK. I can split time with that and playing with the Vikings and helping Paulette learn about 'vouz.
John Debnam
on July 20, 2014 04:01
Looked at the registration form online and it is still the 2013 version. What are the events happening this year? Potluck?
Ben Rial
on July 20, 2014 04:22
Sorry, Yes, Potluck on Thursday this year, so more people can make it. More info soon.
Elisa Johnson
on July 20, 2014 11:13
We'll be there!! :-)

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