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Historical Society Seeking Public Input on Fort Snelling Name Change

Join a statewide conversation

Please join a conversation about the name of Historic Fort Snelling. While the name of the 1820s fort will remain Fort Snelling, MNHS wants to know: what do you think the 23-acre historic site should be called?

Construction to create a revitalized historic site begins soon, and our vision is to provide a place to learn, share, and connect to all of the complex stories that shape our history in Minnesota.

23 Acre Historic Fort Snelling Site Map

The stories shared at Historic Fort Snelling include multiple eras and perspectives enabling more Minnesotans to see their own history reflected there. These include expanded stories of soldiers, veterans and their families, enslaved and free African Americans, Japanese Americans, and Native Americans who have lived in the area for 10,000 years.

Does this name “Historic Fort Snelling” reflect the history of the place, and the many different people who have crossed paths there throughout time?

Attend a public meeting

MNHS is holding meetings throughout the state where the public is invited to provide input on whether the current name of Historic Fort Snelling adequately reflects the expanded stories being shared there.

Monday, September 30, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Rochester, MN | More details

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Duluth, MN | More details

Monday, October 7, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Brooklyn Park, MN | More details

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, St. Cloud, MN | More details

Monday, October 14, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, St. Paul, MN | More details

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Redwood Falls, MN | More details

About the process

Participants can use the survey on this page through November 15, 2019, and/or attend a scheduled public meeting. Following community input, the MNHS governing board will consider the findings and determine a course of action by early 2020. Should the board recommend a name change, it would then be presented to the Minnesota Legislature for consideration.

Contribute to the conversation through this survey and at upcoming public meetings through November 15, 2019.



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