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'Shetek Revisited' is this weekend at state park

CURRIE -- Lake Shetek State Park will be hosting its annual "Shetek Revisited" event this Friday and Saturday (Aug. 18-19). "[It] has been put on annually for many years," said Roeann Schauer, assistant park manager. "It was started in the mid '9...

CURRIE - Lake Shetek State Park will be hosting its annual “Shetek Revisited” event this Friday and Saturday (Aug. 18-19).

“[It] has been put on annually for many years,” said Roeann Schauer, assistant park manager. “It was started in the mid ’90s by the park naturalist at the time, Bill Bolin.”

 

The event was created in hopes that it would give the descendants of the Dakota and the settlers a chance to meet, as well as to educate visitors on the history of what happened in 1862.

 

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The weekend kicks off Friday with the event “Sweet Dreams.” Attendees will be able to learn about the Native American lore behind dreamcatchers, and have the chance to make and take one home.

 

“The idea was to bring some of Dakota culture into the weekend,” Schauer said.

 

A bus tour will be available for this year’s “Shetek Revisited” event on Saturday. Visitors will have the opportunity to travel around Lake Shetek and see the different homes of settlers who lived there, as well as hear about the lives of the settlers and Dakota people before and after the war.

 

“We try to give both sides of the story,” Schauer said.

 

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The bus tour includes a fee, and reservations must be made due to limited space.

 

Also on Saturday is the program “A Visitor from the Past.”

 

“[This event] is the portrayal of Lavina Eastlick’s tale of what happened in 1862,” Schauer explained. This includes the tragic story of fear and loss that Lavina - and the rest of the Eastlick family - endured in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

 

Another event taking place a bit later this summer is the annual ‘Star Watch’ with Mike Lynch of WCCO, which is set for Aug. 26.  Lynch has been teaching astronomy classes since 1973. Visitors have the chance to  indulge in stargazing, astronomy and constellation lore.

 

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All are welcome. The program has no fee, but a permit is required to enter the park.

 

“The tour as well as the star watch are sponsored by the Friends of Lake Shetek,” Schauer added. “We hope that people find benefit from the programs we do here. The park puts on events on holiday weekends throughout the summer, and we encourage visitors to keep checking the event calendar.”

 

The events in the past have “helped visitors become more aware [of historical events], and it gives them a chance to see what the parks are all about,” she said.

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