From the President
by Jim Miller
It is an honor to serve as the 2015 president of the Friends of Fort Snelling. As we begin this new year, we face both challenges and opportunities.
Our biggest challenge is membership. In order to remain viable we need to increase the number of members of the Friends of Fort Snelling. This effort begins with each of us renewing our membership for 2015. It will also be helpful if each of our members will recruit new members. There is a membership form in this issue.
Next year is the centennial of the founding of the National Park Service. We have the opportunity to work with them and others to celebrate this milestone. The National Park Service acquired the land around Coldwater Spring in January of 2010. They are planning to restore the landscape to an oak prairie and public park. Soldiers camped at Coldwater Spring during the construction of Fort Snelling from 1819 to 1825, when the construction of the Fort had been completed.
Perhaps the biggest longer-term opportunity we have is to begin promotion of the bicentennial of the founding of Fort Snelling. The cornerstone of Fort Snelling was laid on September 10, 1820. It is not too early to begin planning for the recognition of this event. As noted elsewhere in this newsletter, we held a dinner at the Officers’ Club at Fort Snelling to begin our discussions last October.
Best wishes for a new year.