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Mini courses, family programs, craft demos, workshops, artisan residencies, and more!

North House programs offer a great way for anyone to come down and get a taste of craft. Some programs don't require pre-registration, making them convenient drop-in opportunties if you happen to be around campus!

Looking for programs on a specific date? Check out our Program Calendar!

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Community Craft Nights

Tuesday Evenings, 6pm - 8pm
Have a project that you’re itching to finish? Bring it to craft night! Some weeks have a theme based on an area of craft that the host is excited to share, but all crafts are welcome. If you aren’t working on anything, you’re welcome to come socialize and see others’ work. Kids accompanied by an adult are welcome to join!

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Broad Axes, Plumb Bobs and Camaraderie

The fire that engulfed Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral in 2019 completely burned the iconic medieval timber frame roof. Peter Henrikson, long-time North House Timber Framing Instructor, joined a team of timber framers who spent over seven months painstakingly rebuilding the structure.

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Tour the North House Campus

Every Saturday at 2pm
From the blacksmith shop to the woodshop, there is always something happening on campus. Discover the rich folk school tradition, visit the classrooms in action, and hear the stories! Meet at the Yellow Building - no registration required.

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Color and Collaboration: Swedish Weaving in the 21st Century with Miriam Parkman

Tue, Mar 19, 2024 – 7pm, Blue Building
Join professional weaver Miriam Parkman – one of six members in the weaving collective Studio Supersju – as she talks about her work. With her first visit to North House and Minnesota, Miriam is hoping to meet fellow artists and continue the conversation after the lecture.

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Youth Summer Camps

Mon, Apr 1, 2024 - Fri, Apr 5, 2024 – Spring Break Camps
Mon, Jul 22, 2024 - Fri, Jul 26, 2024 – Summer Camp Week 1
Mon, Jul 29, 2024 - Fri, Aug 2, 2024 – Summer Camp Week 2
Mon, Aug 5, 2024 - Fri, Aug 9, 2024 – Summer Camp Week 3
Calling young creative folks!

Summer Youth Camps at North House Folk School: day camps for youth ages 8 - 16. As a camper you will try out lots of skills while making new friends and having fun! Youth will be in a small group while they learn from instructors who are knowledgeable and excited to help youth learn about traditional crafts.

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Journey Along the Iditarod Trail

Tue, May 14, 2024 – 7pm in the Blue Building
Follow along with rookie Iditarod mushers with Minnesota roots: Erin Altemus and Anna Hennessey as they recount their 2024 runs on the 1,000-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska. This event is free and open to the public!

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Instructors in Residence

Weekends (Thursday-Sunday) 10am–4pm from Late May to Early September
Stop by our outdoor commons in the center of campus each week to see live traditional craft demonstrations with our talented artisan instructors. Each week a different instructor will be featured and visitors will have the opportunity to observe their hands at work as well as ask questions about the craft.

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Daily Sailing on the Hjordis

Sailing resumes Early Summer 2024
Experience Grand Marais from the lake - sail with us aboard our 50' traditionally rigged schooner Hjørdis!

Sails are offered multiple times per day, most days during the summer. Click below for more information and booking!

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