Birchbark House Weekend

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Name: Birchbark House Weekend
Date: August 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT
Event Description:

Birchbark House Weekend, a new special event at the museum, will feature family-oriented exhibits and activities centered around early Ojibwe village life.

In the old days, Ojibwe people lived in the woodlands in villages of birchbark housesBirchbark houses were typically about 7-8 feet tall, about 7 feet wide and 15 feet long. However, they could be just about any size, from a small personal shelter in which to spend a night up to a community-sized one for many people. They were made of wooden frames which were covered with woven mats and sheets of birchbark. Birchbark was used because it is waterproof, and peels easily off the tree in large sheets. The frame could be shaped like a dome, like a cone, or like a rectangle with an arched roof. Once the birchbark was in place, ropes or strips of wood were wrapped around the wigwam to hold the bark in place.

Event Media:
The BART bus will be bringing visitors to the State and Town Park on 08/12/17. Madeline Island Museum will be the start point for pickup for this route. Feel free to take advantage of this service before or after your time at the museum!

Madeline Island Museum
226 Colonel Woods Avenue
La Pointe, WI
Date/Time Information:

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Sunday, August 13, 2017 
10:00am - 5:00pm

Contact Information:
Admission is $8 for adults
$7 for students (age 18 and up) and seniors (65 and older)
Children, up to age 17, are FREE!
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