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River Rendezvous 2022 at Gideon and Agnes Pond House

September 24 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT

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One of the finest living-history events in the Midwest returns to Pond Dakota Mission Park in Bloomington!
Experience the lifestyles of people living in Minnesota between 1800 and 1870 through story-telling and interactive, hands-on demonstrations.
Costumed reenactors will demonstrate 19th century frontier life. Tours of the restored 1856 Gideon and Agnes Pond House will be given throughout the day.
$10 – Adults (18+)
$5 – Children (4-17)
Free – Children (3 and under)
Food and merchandise vendors on site.
Visit River Rendezvous online at blm.mn/rendezvousOpens in a new tab. for details on this year’s exciting event!

Enjoy fun, interactive, fascinating and historically accurate demonstrations, reenactments, storytelling and more!  See below for the full list of what you’ll experience at River Rendezvous 2022. Map locations are included for each station.

Arts, Crafts and Craftsmanship:
  • Blacksmith (C1): Blacksmiths demonstrate the traditional tools and methods of creating items out of iron and steel.
  • Candle Making (B7):  Using traditional methods, make your own candle to take home and learn how candles were historically produced.
  • Coopering (B12): See and learn traditional methods for making wooden casks, barrels and other containers from timber.
  • Hide Tanning (B10):  See and learn about the traditional methods of making leather pliable and suitable for clothing and other uses—through leather tanning.
  • Historic Pottery (C7):  Join potter Jasper Bond as he demonstrates old world pottery making techniques on a traditional hand turned potter’s wheel.
  • Log Cabin Building (D9):  By putting together Pond Dakota’s own buildable scale model of a traditional log cabin, learn about how they were built and the type of woodworking skills that were needed in creating cabins on the frontier.
  • Metal Working (C4)
  • Quill Pen and Ink (B2):  Learn the history of the quill pen and try your hand at writing using this traditional method.
  • Spinning and Fiber (C2):  Using a traditional spinning wheel, you can try your hand at spinning yarn.  Discover how fibers were historically utilized in the creation of cloth.
  • The Painter’s Craft (C9):  Learn about historic materials used in painting and the creation of paint pigments, and the role of the artists in US history.
  • Tin Working (C5): See how tin is formed into many useful household implements by our expert tin smith.
  • Woodworking and Joinery (C6):  See and learn about the tools of traditional woodworking prior to electricity.


Bloomington MN Parks and Recreation
(952) 563-8877


Gideon and Agnes Pond House
401 E 104th St
Bloomington, MN 55420
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