See, Hear Rich History from the Minnesota River Valley in Expanded Mobile Tour

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Release dated: 
May 23, 2013
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Julianna Olsen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3039, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org
Megan Lawson, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3141, megan.lawson@mnhs.org

See, Hear Rich History from the Minnesota River Valley in Expanded Mobile Tour

Call 1-888-601-3010 or enjoy new smart phone version

New historic sites, images, stories and reflections are now part of an enriched Minnesota River Valley Mobile Tour, available in a new smart phone version. Call 1-888-601-3010 or visit www.mnhs.org/tours/mnrivervalley to learn about the people who lived along the river and the lasting impact of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Smart phone users will find archival images, maps, text and links to additional resources. The tour was created by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Callers are encouraged to access the tour while visiting historic sites along the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway, but the tour is accessible from anywhere. Download a Travel Guide to see a map of the mobile tour stops, learn about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and to discover historic sites related to the war.

The Minnesota River Valley Mobile Tour uses first-person perspectives to connect listeners to the stories of places along a 100-mile stretch of the Minnesota River Valley. The tour is designed to increase users’ awareness and understanding of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, its origins and aftermath. The tour emphasizes Dakota perspectives, which have long been missing from the public narrative. Each stop is related to events of the war, as well as broader Dakota history and culture.

Stop #1 Introduction
Hear about the Dakota origins, the settlers who moved to Minnesota, reflections about the war from Dakota today and a poem by Gabrielle Tateyuskanskan.

Stop #2 Traverse des Sioux
Listen to perspectives on the treaty signings of 1851 and 1858 and their lasting impact.

Stop #3 New Ulm, Minnesota
Hear descriptions of European immigrant life on the prairie and the legacy 1862 left with the people of New Ulm.

Stop #4 Lower Sioux Agency

Gain insights into the notion of land and home along the Minnesota River Valley and how the war changed this.

Stop #5 Birch Coulee Battlefield
Hear reflections on the spiritual connection Dakota people have with the land and their fight for survival.

Stop #6 Upper Sioux Agency
Hear reflections on the values and enduring strength of the Dakota.

Stop #7 Camp Release

Hear the story of Mazasa and learn about the mounting tensions among the Dakota leading up to the war.

Stop #8 Fort Renville (New)
Learn about Dakota life before the arrival of Europeans and the changes the fur trade brought to Minnesota.

Stop #9 Lac qui Parle Mission (New)
Learn about missions, American Indian boarding schools and efforts to revive the Dakota language.

Stop #10 Wabasa Village (New)

Learn about early Dakota villages and the role of chiefs in community life.

Stop #11 Fort Ridgely (New)
Learn about archaeological findings at Fort Ridgely and hear Dakota people reflect on the site today.

Stop #12 Henderson (New)
Learn about the forced march of the Dakota to Fort Snelling and how the march is commemorated today.

Stop #13 Mankato (New)

Learn about the legacy of the Mankato hangings and how their effects are still felt today.

The Minnesota River Valley Mobile Tour is funded by a grant from the National Scenic Byways Discretionary Grants Program administered by the Federal Highway Administration. The tour is also made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

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About the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
The U.S.-Dakota War was fought in southwestern Minnesota in the late summer of 1862. The war lasted just six weeks, but its causes began decades earlier and the profound loss and consequences of the war are still felt today. The war ended with hundreds dead, the Dakota people exiled from their homeland and the largest mass execution in U.S. history: the hangings of 38 Dakota men in Mankato on Dec. 26, 1862.

The Minnesota Historical Society offers many ways to learn about the war, how it shaped our state and how its bitter consequences are still felt today. "The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862," an exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, runs through Sept. 8, 2013.

Visit www.usdakotawar.org for historical background and more resources for learning about the war.

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society 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, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.