September 2017

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12:00pm Old Fashio...
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Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social

Sunday September 3, 2017 12:00pm-04:00pm
Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center

Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social

We like to mark the end the summer with the annual Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social on the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center grounds. 

As always, there will be lots of locally homemade pies to choose from. There is a suggested donation of $5 per slice of pie, ice cream and beverage. This day also features the annual Chik-Wauk “sidewalk” sale which offers steep discounts on many gift shop items. It will be a fun way to wrap up the summer and say “so long till next year,” to our friends and neighbors.

Guest author, Timothy McDonnell will be signing his new book "The Contemplative Paddler's Fireside Companion."

All proceeds help with the daily operational costs of the Museum and Nature Center.

 

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01:30pm GTHS Month...
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GTHS Monthly Membership Meeting

Monday September 11, 2017 01:30pm-03:30pm
Seagull Lake Community Center

September GTHS Membership Meeting - Seagull Lake Community Center (Hall #3)

Members of Gunflint Trail Historical Society board of trustees and committees will present on the current state of GTHS affairs and Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center.

GTHS members and the general public alike are invited to attend. Refreshments served afterwards.

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02:00pm Fire Histo...
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Fire History, Climate, and Ojibwe land use

Saturday September 23, 2017 02:00pm-03:30pm
Chik-Wauk Nature Center

Fire History, Climate, and Ojibwe land use over the past 400 years in the BWCAW

Saturday, September 23 – Guest speaker Evan Larson will be here at the Nature Center.

Protecting a Vanishing Resource; Preserving a Fading Record

Bark-peeled pine, more broadly considered culturally-modified trees, are biological artifacts that hold records of historical land use patterns in the Border Lakes region since the mid-18th century. These living and dead trees are rare cultural features present in areas with remnant primary-growth forest, like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
As of December 2015, 140+ bark peeled red pine have been identified in the BWCAW and 12+ in Voyageurs Nation Park, primarily along the Minnesota-Ontario international boundary, a historic canoe travel corridor.

Evan and his team retrieved a wonderful specimen last season and have graciously let Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center have it on display.
 
This log was taken from a dead red pine (Pinus resinosa) tree growing on an island on Lake Saganaga. Through a process called crossdating, the growth rings of this tree have been matched to those of living trees growing elsewhere in the BWCAW and we can now tell the story of this trees past. It’s inner most ring was formed in the year 1589 and the outer most solid ring was formed in the early 1900s, making this tree over 350 years old when it died. Scars within its growth rings indicate creeping fires that burned through the underbrush near this tree in 1659, 1743, and 1847. The large scar face on the trunk you see in front of you was created when the bark of this tree was peeled off by people, likely to induce the flow of resin that was harvested and used in the creation of gum, a necessary good for building and repairing birch bark canoes. Tool marks from this process are still visible along the edges of the scar, as well as axe marks from a later injury. The peel on this tree was created in the 1770s and is a tangible legacy of the influence of people on this landscape during the fur trade era.

All presentations are family friendly and free to the public.
Presentations are held inside the Chik-Wauk Nature Center.

Donations are appreciated.
 

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