: 12:15 - 1:00pm
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Fur Trade 101
The fur trade was Wisconsin's first truly global economic endeavor. As early as the mid 17th century, the French came to Wisconsin looking for furs, bringing with them an array of goods from all over the world. This trade continued for two centuries, changing from French to British and finally to American control. A lot of myth, romanticization, and folklore surrounds this history, but what was fact and what is fiction? This talk by Isaac Walters will be a brief overview of what the fur trade was, how it worked, and who was involved. Fur Trade 101 will take a look at the facts of the fur trade and hopefully dispel many of the myths. Walters has spent several seasons as interpretive ranger at the reconstructed fur trading post at Grand Portage National Monument. In addition to a vast general knowledge of the fur trade, Walters has special expertise in clothing and grooming in the 17th and 18th Centuries.
Add'l Contact Info
: Call 608-264-6555
: Admission by donation: $4/adult, $3.00/child under 18, $10/family. Free to WHS members.
: Four floors of changing exhibit galleries, permanent exhibits and the museum store — located on Madison's Capitol Square
: Wisconsin Historical Museum
: 30 N Carroll St
: The site is fully accessible to visitors requiring a wheelchair for mobility.
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