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Birch Bark Slipper
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Gammelgarden Museum
20880 Olinda Trail
Scandia, MN
55073
United States

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Birch Bark Slipper

This slipper is woven from birch bark. Swedish Immigrants who arrived in Minnesota to begin a new life on their homestead were very accomplished woodworkers with all kinds of trees. The birch and most trees in the St Croix Valley were similar to the ones they had left behind in Sweden so they new immediately which trees were good for building, making furniture and SHOES. Birch bark slippers were worn as a temporary shoe so that the one pair of leather shoes you had, could be used for church and special occasions. Birch bark shoes were worn in the house and a tougher full shoe was made in the same way to be used in the field. Birch bark swells when it is wet and is also pliable like leather so it works very well to mold to the wearer's foot yet keep out mud and water!
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Did you know that Birch bark swells when it is wet and is also pliable like leather so it works very well to mold to the wearer's foot yet keep out mud and water!
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Birch Bark slipper worn for everyday so that good leather shoes would last longer.
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This birch bark slipper is hanging on the wall of the Immigrant Hus at Gammelgården Museum
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area around Scandia
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