Arn Kind, a historical reenactor and educator

Arn Kind, a historical reenactor and educator, delivered a presentation covering Minnesota’s history with the fur trade to the sixth grade students of Oak Crest Elementary School on Friday, Jan. 3.

As a school teacher, he’s known as Arn Kind, but on Jan. 3, the sixth grade students at Oak Crest Elementary knew him as Black Jacque Shalaque, a costumed voyageur hailing from Minnesota’s  fur trading era.

Kind stopped by the Belle Plaine school for an afternoon of living history when he delivered an hours-long presentation completely in character, with a French accent and all, to the students who have been learning about Minnesota’s history with the fur trade,  a particularly prosperous era for the colonial United States from the mid-1600s to the 1800s.

The students got a chance to get out of the classroom for a tangible history lesson, which included real beaver furs participatory demonstrations and a model true-to-period canoe.

Kind, who puts on over a dozen different historical presentations, including those covering World War II, Pirates and Prohibition, operates Historical Experiences out of Mankato, where he earned a reputation as a teacher.

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