To begin with, Fort Snelling was not built on land “stolen from the Dakota,” or seized after a war of conquest with the tribe. Nor was it built like some other American forts, as a place to protect settlers from Indian attacks
Fort Snelling played a key role in Minnesota history, and today it remains one of the state’s most prominent historical landmarks. But a controversy has arisen over signs the Minnesota Historical Society has placed at the fort…
The bonding bill at the Minnesota Legislature includes a $34 million request from the Minnesota Historical Society (MnHS) to make sorely needed repairs at Fort Snelling and introduce new interpretations.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Fort Snelling at Bdote a National Treasure, bringing a national spotlight to a historic place which reveals the richness of the American story. Fort Snelling is the first “National Treasure” in the state of Minnesota.
Minnesota Historical Society officials will ask lawmakers to approve more than $30 million in next year’s bonding bill for a new visitors center at Fort Snelling as the historic site’s bicentennial approaches.