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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!

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Many of you may have already heard that Jim Kimpell passed away this morning. The past few years were difficult for Jim, as he battled his demons, and I’m sure I am not alone when I recognize that mixing with my tears, is some small measure of relief that he is finally free. During his last days there were times he spoke with the spirits of dear friends who have gone on before him. Our Max Schram was there with him, as I’m sure was Kurt Kruggel, two of his dearest friends and mentors. I imagine them there with him at the end, as his family said goodbye, the two of them greeting him with smiles and hugs.Rest easy, Jimmy, and journey well… ... See MoreSee Less
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Update on one of our past NAVC members.It is with great sadness I have to share that Jim Kimpell has been admitted to a Hospice facility and sadly Jim is sedated at this time. ... 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