Historic Fort Snelling

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Introduction

Historic Fort Snelling, Minnesota’s first National Historic Landmark, resides on Dakota homeland at the sacred confluence of rivers known as Bdote. The restored 1820s fort and visitor center present the stories of those who crossed paths here over the centuries—from the Dakota, Ojibwe, and enslaved people, to fur traders, immigrants, and soldiers. The site is located at state Highways 5 and 55 overlooking the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.

Brief History

The confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers is a place of major social, cultural and historical significance to all people who have inhabited the region. With over 10,000 years of human history, this is a place where complex stories of many peoples converge. Explore the website to learn more about Native Americans, the fur trade, military history, enslaved African Americans and the fight for freedom, the US-Dakota War of 1862 and archaeology at Fort Snelling.​

Revitalization

Explore the latest efforts to revitalize Historic Fort Snelling in time for its bicentennial in 2020.

2018 Programs

This summer at Historic Fort Snelling visitors will be able to explore a wide variety of eras and diverse people all in a single visit. The new daily program and special events are being developed alongside the Historic Fort Snelling revitalization efforts, timed to roll out for the fort’s bicentennial in 2020. Find out more.

Images

Historic Fort Snelling Images

Historic Fort Snelling Images

Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling

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Historic Fort Snelling at Bdote

Historic Fort Snelling at Bdote

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Historic Fort Snelling

Photo by Charlie Vaughn

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World War II weekend at Historic Fort Snelling

World War II weekend at Historic Fort Snelling

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Cannon drill

Cannon drill

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Historic Fort Snelling Logos

Horizontal 2 Color Signature Logo

Horizontal 2 Color Signature Logo

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News Releases

July 19, 2018 Nationally Known Historian to Stay Overnight Where Dred and Harriet Scott Were Once Enslaved
June 20, 2018 Explore New Stories at Historic Fort Snelling at Two Media Events This Summer
April 17, 2018 Experience Many Different Eras in a Single Visit to Historic Fort Snelling This Summer
April 17, 2018 Historic Fort Snelling Daily Experience
April 17, 2018 Historic Fort Snelling Summer 2018 Exhibits
April 17, 2018 Historic Fort Snelling Special Saturday Events
April 17, 2018 Historic Fort Snelling Annual Summer Events
March 20, 2018 Two Minnesota Cities to Host "Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience"
January 16, 2018 Gov. Dayton’s Capital Budget Proposal Includes Funding for Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization
January 12, 2018 Fort Snelling Revitalization Public Meeting
May 4, 2017 ‘Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces’
April 28, 2017 Exhibit Juxtaposes Japanese Americans Incarcerated During WWII Alongside Photos of Them Today
March 29, 2017 Design Work, Program Development Get Underway to Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling
March 29, 2017 200-Year-Old Fort Snelling Book Provides New Insights into Early Minnesota History
November 30, 2016 MEDIA ALERT: Historic Fort Snelling Commemorates the Legacy of Dred and Harriet Scott
July 29, 2015 Historic Fort Snelling Remembers 150th Anniversary of Civil War’s End
July 2, 2015 New Traveling Exhibit on Lincoln Opens July 8 at Historic Fort Snelling
September 3, 2014 Solve Mysteries and Relive Ghost Stories at Historic Fort Snelling, James J. Hill House and North West Company Fur Post this Halloween
August 6, 2014 Explore History's Winding Roads on September Bus Tours at Historic Fort Snelling
July 2, 2014 Travel Back in Time Through Two American Wars this August at Historic Fort Snelling
June 11, 2014 Summer Workshops at Fort Snelling Teach Participants How to Care for Historic Houses
June 11, 2014 St. Paul Civil War Bus Tour and Independence Day Celebrations in July at Historic Fort Snelling
May 9, 2014 PHOTO OPP: Finishing Touches Put on Historic Clock Monday
April 9, 2014 Historic Fort Snelling Opens for the Season with New Exhibit and Memorial Day Programs
March 5, 2014 The Civil War in 1864 and WWII Battle for Rabaul Topics of Lectures at Historic Fort Snelling in April
February 12, 2014 World War II Roundtables at Historic Fort Snelling Discuss Operation Cobra and the War in China
January 15, 2014 World War II Officers Topic of Roundtable at Historic Fort Snelling Feb. 13
December 11, 2013 Meet Veterans of the Eastern Front at Historic Fort Snelling's WWII History Roundtable Jan. 9
August 7, 2013 Discover Historic Fort Snelling in September through Tours, Scout Camps and World War I Programs
May 1, 2013 Celebrate the Return of Summer With WWII Events and Summer Camps at Historic Fort Snelling in June
January 16, 2013 Popular Summer Camps Now Open for Registration
July 19, 2007 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS HISTORIC FORT SNELLING OFFICERS' QUARTERS CEILING COLLAPSE
July 19, 2007 CEILING COLLAPSES AT HISTORIC FORT SNELLING, HISTORIC SITE OPEN DURING REPAIRS
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