First Full Weekend in October


Big Island Rendezvous Education Days

The Midwest's Finest and Largest Hands-On Early American History Lesson

The 2 days prior to the first Saturday and Sunday in October
Bancroft Bay City Park, Albert Lea, Minnesota

Possible presentations you can experience at the Early American History Lesson:

  • 1880s Pioneer Town - Be sure to check out the Chuckwagon
  • Voyageur Encampment with birch bark canoe showing what the voyageur did in his daily life.
  • Military Camp with Civil War era teaches the lifestyles of the country's military.
  • Native American areas illustrate traditional teachings of Lakota and Sioux nations. Tipi tours and customs showcased.
  • Early American skills such as blacksmiths, woodworkers, farmers, candle maker, silversmith, and spinners and weavers teach how their skills helped make America grow.
  • Hands-on stations teach what our American heritage did to shape this country in its early stages.
  • When: October 1st and 2nd, 2020 (Thursday or Friday)
  • Where: Bancroft Bay City Park, Albert Lea, MN 56007
  • Why: Have seniors and students learn their own heritage with history coming alive.
    • Learn social and cultural heritage of America through a high impact and hands-on experience.
    • Recommended for 4th through 8th grade.
  • Costs:
    • $8.00 Promotional Rate for Schools and Seniors New to BIR
    • $9.00 Early Bird Special *Postmarked by April 30th
    • $10.00 per person from May 1st - September 10th
    • $12.00 after September 10th
    • Same fees apply for chaperones or parents

Special Needs:

Big Island Rendezvous and Festival, Inc. actively support the inclusion of all persons into our programs. If you or your participant has any special needs, please contact Perry Vining at 507-402-6371 at least two weeks in advance or ASAP so we may accommodate your needs.

Registration and Scheduling:
Seniors, Public, private, and parochial schools, may schedule their visit for Thursday or Friday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Home school groups may register beginning at 10am.

Please indicate on your registration form not only when you would like to start and end your classes, but also when you will arrive and when you must leave. Please take into account travel time and traffic concerns when deciding on your arrival and departure times. Registration will be on a first-received basis. Returning your registration promptly will better ensure that you get the day you prefer, therefore please return the enclosed materials as soon as possible.

“The best way to know where the country is going is to know where we’ve been.”

There are several ways to register:

Please call 1-800-658-2526 with any questions prior to registering.

Online: Complete the registration form and attach to e-mail for Seniors, Teachers or Homeschools.
E-Mail: Complete and e-mail registration to
Fax: 1-507-373-0344
Call: 1-507-373-3938 Speak with the Education Days Coordinator or leave a message through voice mail.
USPS Mail:Complete the form for Seniors,
Teachers or Homeschools

Send to:
    Big Island Rendezvous  
    132 North Broadway Ave
    Albert Lea, MN 56007

Please do not under-estimate the number of people attending the event - be as accurate as possible. You may always add a few people if your actual number is greater than the number noted on your registration form. If the number of participants or adults change (either up or down), a Change of Status Form must be received before September 10th to avoid change fees.


Education Day Presentations

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Children's Pocket Games
  • Gold Panning
  • Black Powder Range
  • Blacksmithing
  • Campfire Cooking
  • Candle Making
  • Cannon Drill
  • Atlatl
  • Shoemaker
  • Fiber Arts
  • Civil War Medical
  • Fabric Printing
  • Folk Music
  • Food Preparation
  • Fabric Painting
  • Hawk Throw
  • Hide Preparation
  • Homesteading in Early America
  • Military Camp
  • Native American Lifestyles
  • New Ulm Battery Cannon Drill
  • Pioneer Town
  • Pottery
  • Revolutionary War
  • Rope Making
  • Scottish Lifestyle
  • Silver Smithing
  • Spinning
  • Tipi Set Up
  • Voyageur Camp
  • Voyageur Storytelling
  • Wilderness Survival Techniques
  • Woodworking

Discount Advance Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-658-2526.
Ticket Prices:
$14 for adults ($12 in advance)
$8 for children 6-11 years of age ($7 in advance)
Children 5 years and younger are free
Family Pass $30



Sponsored by:  Mayo Clinic Health System - Albert Lea | Albert Lea Select Foods | Albert Lea CVB | ALFC Chamber | Cargill | Brakebush | Stadheim Jewelers