Viva La Compagnie!!
Cooking supper after a long day's paddle during our annual canoe trip

La Compagnie des Hivernants de la Riviere Saint Pierre

Who are we? La Compagnie is a member sponsored, non-profit historical society for anyone interested in the fur trade era of the upper Midwest. We offer presentations and demonstrations, and participate in “living history” events on fur trade subjects. We demonstrate life during the fur trade era, including the various crafts and skills of the time. We advocate the preservation of fur trade heritage and do so by supporting the preservation of original fur trade buildings such as the Sibley House in Mendota and the Oliver Faribault Cabin at The Landing in Shakopee and fur trade era historical sites such as Grand Portage National Monument and the North West Company Fur Post in Pine City. Consider becoming a member!

Fascinated? Read our blog!

At events, we generally portray veteran voyageurs—the hivernants or wintering men—and their families. In reality, we are history geeks. We’re especially geeky about the fur trade era in the upper Midwest, roughly 1790 through 1840.  Some of us like to write so we started a blog to share some of what we know, like and enjoy about the fur trade.

Visit us at a voyageur living history event.

Look for us! We appear in colorful period-appropriate clothing with our replica birch bark canoes and authentic fur trade goods at historic sites, rendezvous, “heritage days,” community celebrations, festivals and educational events across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Hire us for your fur trade event!

Would your organization like to learn more about the fur trade, the voyageurs or the skills needed for living in the wilderness 200 years ago? La Compagnie may just be the group you have been searching for!

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