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Hjemkomst Center to host ‘History of Ox Cart Trails’ series

This summer the Historical and Cultural Society (HCS) of Clay County is featuring several events highlighting ox cart trails and trade in the Red River Valley this summer.

Red River Entrepreneur, Antoine Blanc Gingras Exhibit: June 7-July 30

A shrewd businessman, Antoine Gingras died a wealthy man with a chain of trading posts in present day North Dakota and Manitoba, with business connections stretching to Minnesota. His experiences give us a personal look at the fur trade and Métis culture during a unique time in the Red River Valley’s history. (This exhibit will be unavailable June 25-30.)

“Ox Cart Angel” discussion with author Joel Arnold at Hjemkomst Center:  Tuesday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.

Join Minnesota native and author Joel Arnold as he discusses his historical novel “Ox Cart Angel,” recipient of a Midwest Book Award for Young Adult Fiction in 2011. The story takes place in 1862 along the ox cart/Red River trails of Minnesota and North Dakota. Audience members will be able to purchase the book at the event.

Arnold will also visit the Barnesville Public Library and Breckenridge Public Library on June 11 at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., respectively. Discussion, audience Q & A, and book purchase will also be available.

History of Oxcarts in the Red River Valley presentation by Mark Peihl at the Hjemkomst Center: Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.

HCS Archivist Mark Peihl presents the history of the ox carts and their role in settling the Red River Valley. The presentation is free with paid museum admission and free to HCS members.

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is located in the Hjemkomst Center at 202 First Avenue North in Moorhead.