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SPECIAL EVENTS V O Y A G E U R R E N D E Z V O U S 2 3 r d A n n u a l V o y a g e u r R e n d e z v o u s T h e f u r t r a d e e r a

Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park

Saturday, May 16 Sunday, May 17

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$2 per person Children 7 and younger free

Jump into our time machine and hang on! We’re traveling back more than 250 years when Northwest Indiana was primarily marsh land. The Grand Kankakee Marsh was a route for travelers and merchant traders in the New World. The Ren- dezvous provides a peek into the lives of the men and women who traveled and settled here. You will see Native Americans, French-Canadian canoe men, called Voyageurs, British and French militia and many others who would have lived or traded along the Grand Kankakee River. As you travel amongst the inhabitants of the river settlements, observe how they lived, played, entertained and traded. You may witness the voyageurs arriving by canoes and unloading their goods. Find out how each item was vital for trade and its worth. Don’t wander off just yet; the Native Americans will be joining them soon to offer their many furs in exchange for the goods that have traveled so far.

Trading Session by Lee Peterson

Hear the slashing of the mighty river? That is just the voyageurs playing in the water with their canoes! They love to have Bobber Races. Cheer on your favorite team. They simply have to retrieve their teams’ bobbers and make it back to shore. It’s not that easy when the others don’t play fair! Help them win by shouting out the location of their bobbers.

Kids may pick up a “See and Do” Scavenger Hunt list at the Trading Post next to the Admission Booth. There are authentic kid’s games, historic demonstrations, bobber races, tomahawk toss, musical entertainment, merchants, food, and more. The reenactors are eager to interact with you as they portray life during this Fur Trade Era.

Event Schedule


Opening Ceremony


Arrival of Voyageurs by canoe and trade session (Sat)


Theatiki Fife and Drum Corps


Arrival of Voyageurs by canoe and trade session (Sun)


Storytelling (Sat)


Fashion Show


Bobber Races with canoes


Theatiki Fife and Drum Corps


Closing Ceremony


Program Closes

Early Indiana History 18th Century Fur Trade Era

School/Group Tours at Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park By reservation only on Friday, May 15, 2009 (only date offered)

Morning tour time slot: Afternoon tour time slot:

9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

$1 per person, including chaperones and teachers; $20 minimum Reservations and deposit required at least ten business days in advance Appropriate for 4th - 6th grade curriculum

Reserve your time slot now. Space is limited. Minimum (20 students); Maximum (140 students) per time slot Call 219-769-PARK M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration deadline: May 1, 2009.

Demonstrations and kids activities will be ongoing throughout the day.

Directions to the park

Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park 21690 Rangeline Road, Hebron Indiana 46341 Exit Interstate 65 at Rt. 2 then east for about one mile to Rangeline Rd. (Clay St) then south for 5 miles.

istory books open wide and come to life as your students visit the 18th century. The Fur Trade Era is bustling with activity when you arrive. Your students will see how the Grand Kankakee River waterway played an important role in early commerce and trade. Native Americans traded furs while the Voyageurs, British, and French clashed over who the land belonged. There is plenty for the students to see and hear and learn. They will feel like they just spent a day in the 18th century. You too, will enjoy jumping back into history! The tour is completely outside, so please remind your students to dress for the weather. Upon registration, teach- ers will be sent a confirmation packet, complete with pre or post activity sheets. H

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