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Experience the history of the fur trade years 
at Riverside State Park

 


OLYMPIA – June 3, 2015 – The Friends of Spokane House (FOSH) re-enactors will present a weekend of local fur trade history from the years 1810 through1826 at the 2015 Fur Trade Symposium and Encampment in Riverside State Park.

The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 13 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 14 at Riverside State Park’s Spokane House Interpretive Center, 13501 N. Nine Mile Rd, Nine Mile Falls, WA. (Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/a1xIQ) 

On Saturday afternoon, guests can attend a symposium on the Spokane House. Topics will include: Spokane Tribal History; Women of the Fur Trade; Fur Trade Music and Spokane House History.

Guests may visit the Spokane Interpretive Center then talk with traders, voyageurs, trappers and Native American “Daughters of the Country” at their campsites where trade items, guns, tools, furs and equipment can be viewed. The re-enactors will be in authentic leather and hand-stitched clothing. Demonstrations will feature flint and steel fire­starting, flintlock shooting and a cannon salute.

Saturday is a “free day” at the park in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day; the Discover Pass will not be required. The Discover Pass will be required for motor vehicle entrance to Sunday’s event. A day pass is $10 and the annual Discover Pass is $30. (More information about the Discover Pass is at http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov.)

The Living History and Fur Trade Encampment is free to visitors and is co-sponsored by Washington State Parks and Friends of Spokane House (FOSH). For more information, visit the FOSH website at http://www.friendsofspokanehouse.com.

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