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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Becky Semmler
on September 16, 2014 16:48
...need another good cause?
Dennis Keckhafer
on September 16, 2014 21:53
When does the biuld begin
John Debnam
on September 17, 2014 01:35
The campaign itself:
John Debnam
on September 17, 2014 01:35
More about the site (In english):
Belinda Jessica Simmons
on August 30, 2014 02:22
Could somebody post the dates for the fall events this year?
Lothar Degen
on September 7, 2014 22:33
Fall Camp is October 10, 11, & 12.
Belinda Jessica Simmons
on September 8, 2014 09:37
Thanks :) is there still gonna be a make-up school days?
Becky Semmler
on September 9, 2014 23:57
Probably no school days this year...seems too hard to organize at this time. Hoping to start monthly workshops at the Great Hall starting this fall! Do you have a skill that you would be willing to teach?
Belinda Jessica Simmons
on September 16, 2014 19:43
I dont think i would be comfortable trying to teach anyone anything in that situation lol im not that knowledgable but id love to help out with whatever i can :) assuming work lets me come :(
John Debnam
on September 5, 2014 15:00
For those interested in Native Dance and Flute News from Big Island Rendezvous ( Kevin Locke will be performing Saturday, Oct 4 at noon and 3pm.
Natalie Pankratz-Leff
on September 3, 2014 20:01
Ben Rial I have gotten the three cribbage boards done for rendezvous 2015. Will get them to ya sometime. Dave
Ben Rial
on September 4, 2014 18:55
Beautiful Dave! Thank you!!
Ben Rial
on August 7, 2014 02:24
Hey folks, we have the Itasca Fair from August 13-17 and we are going to need all the help we can get. Any and all help is welcome, no matter what time of the day you can show up. This is a big show for us and we really need volunteers. Please respond if and when you can help!
Colleen E. Bishop
on August 7, 2014 02:27
I can help Wed, Thrus, Fri, Evening. After four. Saturday after two, and Sunday anytime. Tim and Hallie are also available
Ben Rial
on August 7, 2014 02:30
Excellent! Ideally we need about 10 people+ per shift with 2 shifts. 3 shifts would be even better. This is a potentially very good fundraiser for White Oak.
Colleen E. Bishop
on August 7, 2014 02:31
I will talk with the kids a get back to you on times for sure we will be there.
Colleen E. Bishop
on August 7, 2014 02:32
I will contact my four extra children also
Ben Rial
on August 7, 2014 02:35
Thank you! Who else?
Colleen E. Bishop
on August 7, 2014 02:37
Kyle and Andrew Yotter, Jacinda and Jerimiah Butler. They were at Rendezvous with me.
Dustin Vaudrin
on August 7, 2014 03:09
I can try to be there Wednesday and Thursday evening. Depends on how hard Walmart kicks my ass though lol.
Josie Livingston Bray
on August 7, 2014 03:38
Not sure yet. Will have to get back to you.
Becky Semmler
on August 7, 2014 03:42
We will be there anyway, with cows. We will keep in touch and fill in when we can. Saturday is the 'big show' for us, so will not be able to help much during the day. Otherwise...can be done as long as we take turns in the barn.
Ben Rial
on August 15, 2014 11:19
Hey Colleen E. Bishop, where have you guys been????
Dan Boessel
on August 5, 2014 05:30
Well, my legs are still recovering from the paddle dance. At least people don't notice so much when you limp with both legs lol. Good times were had, and I already miss it. Reality would be so much better if it was more like the 'vouz. Three a few days a year is never enough, i'm already preping for fall camp.
John Debnam
on August 5, 2014 14:03
Makes me feel good to hear that you are still recovering from the paddle dance. :D If you have some other ideas for music for paddle dance, please let me know and I can work on getting it for next year.
Josie Livingston Bray
on August 6, 2014 00:56
Wouldn't a whole week be just awesome ! Oh dear, I think Ben just fainted! ;)
Ben Rial
on August 6, 2014 01:43
Naw, didn't faint... just got a little dizzy.
Dan Boessel
on August 6, 2014 02:36
Few years ago I showed up monday, pretty empty but still fun.
Josie Livingston Bray
on August 6, 2014 03:05
I just might try camping next time. I burned a lot of gas going back and forth. Haven't camped in a very long time.
Ben Rial
on August 6, 2014 03:30
It can be quite fun.
Kathy LaPlante
on August 6, 2014 17:10
I've already got a line on a futon mattress for Fall Camp!

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