Historic Fort Snelling Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I

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Release dated: 
August 9, 2018
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

What: World War I Centennial Weekend
When: Aug 18 & 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul
Cost: Regular site admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors, veterans/active military, college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under, Native Americans, and MNHS members  

Historic Fort Snelling Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War I

Annual World War I Weekend includes military drills, costumed reenactors, music and more

This year marks 100 years since World War I came to a close in November 2018. On the weekend of Aug. 18 & 19, Historic Fort Snelling will host its annual World War I Weekend, exploring Minnesota’s role in “the Great War” and how this conflict dramatically shaped the world. 

Throughout the weekend, visitors can discover a range of WWI stories from soldiers joining the military to women advocating for suffrage on the home front. Visitors can also meet interpreters and reenactors in WWI-era costumes, experience bayonet and grenade drills, try period singing and dancing, and more.

When the United States entered the war in 1917, Fort Snelling played a pivotal role as thousands of recruits were processed and trained to join the war effort. Ultimately, more than 126,000 men and women from Minnesota served during World War I, with 2,000-3,000 Minnesotans dying in action or from injuries, illness or other causes. In September 1918, the Army formed General Hospital 29 at Fort Snelling, and the all-woman Army Nurse Corps treated many veterans returning from Europe. 

About Historic Fort Snelling
Historic Fort Snelling is Minnesota’s first National Historic Landmark. Located on Dakota homeland known as Bdote, the area has a human history spanning 10,000 years. Once the farthest outpost of the U.S. military, Fort Snelling was actively used from the 1820s through World War II. The site is located near the MSP airport at state Highways 5 and 55 overlooking the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. For more information, visit www.mnhs.org/fortsnelling.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at mnhs.org.

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