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Barry Babcock to present 'Caesars of the Wilderness' at BCHS Brown Bag History event

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host historian Barry Babcock as the speaker for its Brown Bag History event at noon on Thursday, March 17, at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

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The Beltrami County History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW in Bemidji.
(Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer)
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BEMIDJI — The Beltrami County Historical Society will host historian Barry Babcock as the speaker for its Brown Bag History event at noon on Thursday, March 17, at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

His presentation, “Caesars of the Wilderness,” will detail fur traders Pierre-Esprit Radisson and Médard Chouart des Groseilliers and how they were among the first — if not the first — Frenchmen to explore the Minnesota area in about 1660.

The Hudson Bay Company, started in 1670, was largely formed because of the actions of the two Frenchmen, a release said.

The event is free to attend but registration is recommended as there is a limit of 12 participants.

Participants should bring their own lunch and beverage (coffee and water will be available).

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To register for the event, call the Historical Society at (218) 444-3376 , or register online on the BCHS website .

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