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If we were to step back 170 years to 1850 we would find that things looked much different here in the Red River valley. The last Wednesday in August 38 members of Caleb’s Cru (the WEFC 55+ group) got into a time machine (OK it was the church bus) and took a trip back to 1851 with our visit to Lower Fort Garry. At that time though settlers from Europe were beginning to arrive and begin an agricultural industry it was still very much about the fur trade. The Hudson Bay Company was already very well established and had efficient means of working with the indigenous peoples trading furs of all types, which were still very important to European fashion, for various imported European goods. We interacted with tour guides in period costumes who were very well versed in what life would have been like for the people who lived in the area at that time - the traders  who lived in the fort, the indigenous peoples, the metis (mixed race) peoples and the settlers who developed farms beside the Red River. It was a walking tour so we all got exercise and enjoyed a meal together in the museum cafeteria and we even enjoyed an ice crème stop on our return trip to Winnipeg. A regular weekly Bible study and several social events are planned for the “Cru” this fall. Stay tuned.