A new photo exhibit at Historic Fort Snelling in Minneapolis invites viewers back in time to World War II, when the fort housed a secret language school. The Military Intelligence Service Language School trained second-generation Japanese-American men, or nisei, to be interpreters in the Pacific Theater. The Twin Cities chapter of the Japanese-American Citizens League mounted the […]
Operated since the 1970s by the Minnesota Historical Society as a living history museum, Fort Snelling is designed to transport visitors 200 years back in time, using costumed re-enactors to teach them about the outpost’s early days on the American frontier
For the Dakota people, May 4 marks a dark date in history. It’s when, in 1863, Dakota people held at Fort Snelling were exiled from Minnesota. It was a traumatic time for the community, said Kate Beane of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.
MNHS recently welcomed Chris Belland as the program and outreach manager of veterans relations for the organization. In this role, Belland will build on work already underway to engage with Minnesota’s veterans communities and develop relevant programming across all MNHS historic sites.
The final weeks of the American Civil War were as dramatic as Minnesotans have ever experienced. Patricia Bauer describes the final days of fighting, the sorrow following Lincoln’s assassination, and the relief of welcoming the state’s soldiers home at last.
On a bluff overlooking where the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers meet is Fort Snelling. Its construction began in the 1820s with the idea that it would be both a fort and a trading post, although the latter never came to pass. The timing was influenced by the recent conclusion of the War of 1812 and the U.S. government’s wish to stop any British influence in the Northwest Territory.
The ancestors of the Ojibwe lived throughout the northeastern part of North America and along the Atlantic Coast. Due to a combination of prophecies and tribal warfare, around 1,500 years ago the Ojibwe people left their homes along the ocean and began a slow migration westward that lasted for many centuries.
By the time Fort Snelling was built in the 1820s, slavery was a reality in the Northwest Territory. Fur traders often utilized the labor of enslaved people and some officers at the post, including Colonel Josiah Snelling, owned enslaved people. Other officers rented the use of enslaved people from US Indian Agent Lawrence Taliaferro…
Along with building Fort Snelling at the junction of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, the US government established the St. Peters Indian Agency on the military property. The agency was supervised by an Indian agent, a civilian appointed by the president of the United States to serve as an ambassador to Native American nations living in the region.
This National Historic Landmark built in the early 1820s, teaches a visitor about military history from before the Civil War through World War II, fur trade history, slavery in Minnesota, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and much more. Even before its existence, its location – at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers – was significant for centuries to many American Indian communities.