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Voyageur Encampment at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township

The Michigan Great Lakes fur trade era comes to live Aug. 25-26, 2012 in Macomb County at this annual event with fun for families and kids

Relive and learn about our state's rich Great Lakes fur trade era as voyageurs, settlers and American Indian re-enactors put on a show at the 16th annual Voyageur Encampment, happening on Aug. 25-26, 2012. You'll learn so much about this era of Michigan history – and you'll have fun doing it. Did you know The Pointe at Lake St. Clair Metropark was a stopover point for the Lewis Cass expedition in 1820? Find out more about it here!

This year's events happen 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Experience the lifestyles and skills of the voyageurs, Native Americans, military and settlers of the Great Lakes fur trade era firsthand. This part of history is recreated by re-enactors in period clothing who set up camp for the weekend.

Art, culture and lifestyle demonstrations such as blacksmithing, rope making, finger weaving, silversmithing, paddle carving and campfire cooking will be ongoing throughout the event. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the re-enactors as the performers stay in character and share with visitors the historical significance this era had for Michigan.

More featured events include colonial games, art and craft projects, storytelling, music, song and dance, first-person history presentations, history talks, muzzle-loading and cannons demonstrations, and period fashion shows for kids and adults. All the events are spectator activities; however, the colonial games significant to the era will be available for children to participate in.

Admission is free, but a $5 vehicle pass is required to get into the park.

Check out the Metro Parent listing to learn more about the 2012 Voyageur Encampment at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township.

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