Native Americans and the Fur Trade

 Grade Three


Learn how the Native Americans lived and thrived on the land, and developed their beliefs.

Discover the economic and cultural factors which drove the French to travel thousands of miles to our shores and the concept that specialization leads to increased interdependence. Students will handle actual fur pelts, learn what items they were traded for, and why.

An actual trading experience will take place when children are able to set up their own “trading post” in the museum gallery and barter their unwanted items. This hands-on experience allows for authentic practice of economic concepts such as needs, wants, choices, scarcity, supply and demand, specialization/interdependence, and opportunity cost.

Supports grade level content expectations for Grade Three: H3.0.3, H3.0.4, H3.0.5, G4.0.2, G4.0.3, G5.0.1, EI.0.1, EI.0.3, EI.0.4, E2.0.1, E3.0.1

Funding generously provided by

Additional emergency funding for the NCMHC was received via by a grant from Michigan Humanities, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the federal CARES Act legislation.

Currently Closed Due to Covid


October 31st- April 1st


Thursday - Friday - Saturday

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 October 31st- April 1st

12 Quarterline Road

PO Box 361

Newaygo, MI 49337


Newaygo County Museum and

Heritage Center

The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center is a community history project whose mission is to collect, preserve, and share Newaygo County’s history.


The NCMHC is supported by individual contributions, in-kind support, the generosity of local business people, the Fremont Area Community Foundation, The Gerber Foundation, The Arthur and Virginia Nelsen InFaith Community Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and, of course, our Guests and Volunteers!


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