With your help, we can renovate crumbling barracks, fix leaking roofs, fill in lacking signage, and reimagine the visitor experience. When we do, Historic Fort Snelling will be ready to share a richer, more complete story of the diverse people who shaped our state: people who were here before Europeans, people who fought for freedom from slavery, and people who prepared here to fight for America as they began their military service.
Your gift to the Creating Our Future Campaign’s Historic Fort Snelling fund will provide funding for important construction and landscaping projects. Deteriorating historic cavalry barracks will become a new, two-story visitor center. Additional space will be repurposed to serve as a new welcome center, specifically designed for the educational needs of the thousands of students who come to Fort Snelling each year. Outdoor upgrades will include the addition of native plantings to the landscaping as well as new river overlook areas, a dedicated place of remembrance, accessible pathways, a gathering lawn, and visitor-friendly directional signage to enable guests to engage more fully with layers of stories embedded in the location.
The revitalization project is an opportunity for every Minnesotan to say ‘This story belongs to me. I want my piece of the story told.’ And the way that you can do that is by participating in this project.
It’s an opportunity for every one of us, and I hope we’ll embrace it.
Sharon Sayles Belton, Former Mayor of Minneapolis, MN