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The North American Voyageur Council (NAVC) is a nonprofit educational organization for individuals interested in various aspects of the fur trade era. Our membership includes researchers, reenactors, living historians, and history buffs, all with the common love of the fur trade.

NAVC invites you to join us in our exploration of this important part of history.

Membership

See what a membership to NAVC can do for you!

Fall Gathering

Check out our annual Fall Gathering – fun and educational!

The Voyageur Journal

Interesting articles on a variety of topics – so much great information!

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Grand Portage National Monument is happy to share our Ojibwemowin version of the Park film. A few years have passed since the filming, and it could not have ben done without the help of so many in the Grand Portage community. Please enjoy this very special presentation of "Rendezvous with History" in Ojibwemowin, with subtitles in English. www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=4BB9EB8B-838C-46E3-9DF8-F8C31BD66B1C📷: John Prenevost ... See MoreSee Less
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A special bonus to our 2021 Fall Gathering at Home - Isaac Walters has provided this video to enjoy - The Lairds of the North - The Making of the Highland Gentlemen in the NWCo. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less
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A fun puzzle to remind you of Jeremy Kingsbury's Fur Trade Book Club today!!Click here jigex.com/uMGdg to complete the puzzleFUR TRADE BOOK CLUBSunday, November 7 1pm CST Join History PhD Candidate and podcast host Jeremy Kingsbury for a discussion about selected passages from primary sources. Selections include Roderick MacKenzie’s Printed Circular Letter from 1806, George Henry Monk’s Some Account of the Department of Fond du Lac or Mississippi and John McGlaughlin’s The Indians from Fort William to Lake of the Woods. To prepare for the discussion, please click on the google drive link below to download a 45 minute audio file of the selected text and to download the discussion questions:drive.google.com/.../11E...You can still register for this session by clicking this link:us02web.zoom.us/.../tZMofumsqTwpH9flxfUGnn... ... See MoreSee Less
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We have one last presentation that has been added to this weekends schedule... register today!SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 20215:00 pm CST – Pursuing the Craft Leif Halvorson shares a chronicle of how one project can lead to another, and another, and another, while sharing stories about his Keelboat Sail project.Leif is a seasonal interpreter at Fort Union, ND. In 2017, he participated in a 5 day Keelboat trip from Fort Union. Since that journey, Leif has been actively working on his Keelboat Sail project. This presentation will focus on setting the stage for the “dream” project – looking at the steps and milestones on the journey and the special skills picked up along the way. Register for this session by clicking this link: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkf-yorzovG9xTiS2mFlvMhiqW3ZKjG0MxLeaf E. Halperbuns ... See MoreSee Less
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REGISTRATION CLOSED!! Thank you for your overwhelming interest, but registration for this session is now closed. A recording of the presentation will be made available to NAVC members!Not a member? Consider signing up! Visit www.navoyageur.org to purchase a $10 membership! Membership includes access to all recorded presentations from the Virtual Fall Gathering 2021 and a subscription to our journal, published four times a year.BREAD OF THE FUR TRADEA pound of bread or flour a day nourished the Europeans of the fur trade. Starting with the flour available and then examining the cultures creating the dough, a variety of baked options can be observed or inferred from the historical record. Join professional baker and historian Jeff Pavlik on an exploration of the intricacies of wheat and corn, milling and sifting, leavened and unleavened bread and baking techniques of the fur trade. Bring your questions about baking and historical breads to this discussion of bread history in towns, forts, villages and canoes of the Great Lakes and beyond.Jeff Pavlik owns a small bakery in Farmington, Michigan and spends his spare time practicing historic baking at Fort Michilimackinac.Registration for this workshop is now CLOSED. Thank you for your interest! ... See MoreSee Less
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While our in-person Fall Gathering 2021 has been canceled, save the date for an online experience!

November 4-7

2021 Events

Here are some events our members enjoy!

January

16-17                American Heritage Living History Show – Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, IL, Jim Fairchild springvalleylodges@comcast.net, Darryl Sheldon sheldonpewter@yahoo.com

February

27-28               Echoes of the Past – Historic Trade Fair, Oshkosh Indoor   Brian Bradley, Co-ordinator (920) 233-5332 bradley@bradleycompanyofthefox.com    facebook: Echoes of the Past – Historical Trade Fair       facebook: Oshkosh Trade Fair

March

20-21               Kalamazoo Living History Show www.kalamazooshow.com

April

10-11                Colonial Trade Faire and Musket Frolic, Fort de Chartres – Prairie du Rocher, IL www.fortdechartres.us

May

5-9                   The Past Passed Here, Chippewa Falls, WI  invitation only, call for invitation,  Jim Schuh at 715-726-2376.  www.thepastpassedhere.org

14-16                Voyageur Rendezvous at Grand Kankakee Marsh – Grand Marsh County Park, Hebron, IN; Rick Narjes, 219-921-9516, narjesclan@gmail.com

29-30               Spirit of Vincennes (Rev War, NWTA event) – Frank Doughman, 401 S. 2nd St., Vincennes IN 47591 flintlock4@yahoo.com; www.spiritofvincennes.org

June

6-7 (not confirmed)     Annual Rendezvous, Fort de Chartres – Prairie de Rocher, IL contact Fort de Chartes 618. 284. 7230 or ftdchart@htc.net  www.fortdechartres.us

11-13                The Gathering at the Two Rivers (formerly The Gathering At Macktown) – Macktown Historical Site, Rockton, IL Mike Bost  815-978-8090  www.macktownlivinghistory.com

24-27               Yellow River Echoes, Forts Folle Avoine Fur Post, 1800-1805, Danbury, WI  715-866-8890  fahp@centurytel.net  www.theforts.org  call Derrick Johnson for invitation derrick48johnson@gmail.com  320-405-7161

August

6-8                   Pike River Rendezvous – Kenosha, WI    Invite only Ernest Kraak “Zeb” 262-308-5512  idazeb@juno.com  www.kenosha.org

11-15              Rendezvous at Forts Folle Avoine    contact Paul Prenevost for more information pprenevost@msn.com

September

18-19                Koh-Koh-Mah & Foster Living History Encampment, French & Indian War Re-enactment, Kokomo, IN   Bob Auth 765-513-8848 www.kohkohmah.com

19-20               Festival of the Voyageur – Pine City, MN www.mnhs.org/furpost   320-629-6356

October

1-3                   Mississinewa 1812 – Marion, IN (juried event) 800-822-1812 www.mississinewa1812.com

9-10                 Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, Lafayette, Indiana   Leslie Conwell 765-476-8411 http://www.tcha.mus.in.us/

15-17                Frenchman’s Frolic, Macktown Historical Site, Rockton, IL  Mike Bost 815-978-8090 michaelgbost@gmail.com