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World War I Centennial Weekend

Aug. 19 10 am - 5 pm | St. Paul

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I at Historic Fort Snelling. The "Great War," as WWI was then called, raged for three years before the U.S. entered the conflict in 1917.

Sun., Aug 20
Upper Post Walking Tour: World War I
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sun., Aug 20
World War I Centennial Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sun., Aug 20
Railroad History Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tue., Aug 22
WW1 America Mural Project: Meet the Artist
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Aug 22
State Review Board Meeting on NRHP Nominations
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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Featured Exhibits

WW1 America Now on View Minnesota History Center Extended until Nov. 11
AMVETS Post #5 Photography by Xavier Tavera
Beyond Fitzgerald: Art and Literature in Minnesota During the 1920s and 1930s Now on View James J. Hill House Closing Sept. 3
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Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

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UPDATE (August 7): The Historic Fort Snelling project is featured at the MNHS booth in the Education Building at the Minnesota State Fair (August 24 through September 4). Stop by to learn more about the project, grab a button, and ask your state leaders to support funding. Read more about the project.

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Second State Capitol, 1886.

Minnesota's Second State Capitol

Fire destroyed Minnesota's first capitol building on March 1, 1881. The second capitol, completed in 1883, served as the seat of Minnesota state government for just ten years before state officials began planning a grander, more efficient capitol.

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Researching Minnesota in the Great War

World War I, or "The Great War," was a profound turning point in world history. For many Minnesotans, the Great War was the first international event to directly impact their lives. Learn more about the war effort abroad and the great political and social changes happening at home in Minnesota.


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