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 February 17, 2014 22:13
Karen Kennedy
on February 17, 2014 22:22
I have the pattern, but have only made it with machine...
Bil Martineau
on March 1, 2014 13:56
.. Crazy Crow Trading Post .... also Jas. Townsend & Sons ..
Tom Abeyta
on April 12, 2014 22:02
Thanks, I found one. Its perfect.
Nicole Behnke
on April 12, 2014 21:58
Hey Ben Rial, not sure if we can do it this year or not...but I'd like to see if we could set up some sort of fencing around the archery range? I noticed that lots of visitors tend to walk in front of it and I have been out there a lot this year and shoot my bow there with others. Of course we are all careful, but I still don't want the risk of an accident happening.
Janet Rith-Najarian
on March 1, 2014 13:34
Just as an FYI, while doing genealogy research I was visiting the website of an historical society website in Missouri, and as it turns out they, like White oak, have a history day celebration which includes Reenactor encampments spanning different time periods as well, from Vikings in America up through World War II and Vietnam. It's interesting to see so much interest in historical reenactments that a community can recreate several time periods!
Tom Abeyta
on January 13, 2014 22:24
Greetings Folks, Are there any folks here have any Bear Grease or Fat they can spare to a lowly Market Hunter? I'll pay the postage if need be. I haven't had any luck hunting Bears lately. I am truly in need of some expeditiously. Your care into this matter is greatly appreciated. Old Major Tom Abeyta
Natalie Pankratz-Leff
on January 13, 2014 22:33
I have some in the freezer fat, or a mason jar rendered down. If that would help. Dave 2lodge.
Tom Abeyta
on January 13, 2014 22:39
Yes, That would be wonderful. If you don't mind sending it via Postage Carrier, I will remit your cost. Private message me as to where I may send you a check. There upon will be my address for you to send the jar by way of courier. Thank you Natalie Pankratz-Leff, Your help is greatly appreciated. :)
Tom Abeyta
on January 13, 2014 22:44
Sorry, I meant Dave 2Lodge.
Tom Abeyta
on February 12, 2014 04:56
Hey Dave, I got the grease. Thank you so much. I appreciate it very much. If there is anything I can do to repay the favor just let me know. Much obliged to you.~ The Old Major.
Pat Beer
on February 12, 2014 04:49
if you win will you share with me.
Midge Johnson
on January 24, 2014 23:32
I was contacted about sharing a spot with Becky semmler for school days.What demo are we sharing?
Colleen E. Bishop
on January 25, 2014 00:23
I'm not sure. I could ask for you.

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