Walking Tours, Trolley Tours and Children's Camps at Historic Fort Snelling in July

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Release dated: 
June 19, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Tom Pfannenstiel • Historic Fort Snelling • 612-725-2430 •

Quick facts: 

Place: Historic Fort Snelling
Address: 200 Tower Avenue
Fort Snelling History Center, St. Paul MN 55111
Phone: 612-726-1171
Email: ftsnelling@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.historicfortsnelling.org

Walking Tours, Trolley Tours and Children's Camps at Historic Fort Snelling in July

Explore Historic Fort Snelling and discover it's place in Minnesota history with this series of programs in July. With trolley tours of St. Paul, a walking tour of Historic Fort Snelling and two hands-on, one-day camps for children, Historic Fort Snelling offers a unique way to discover this chapter in Minnesota history.

What: St. Paul After the Civil War - Trolley Tour
When: Sat. July 6, 13, 20 and 27
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $45, $40 for MHS members
Reservations: Required, call 651-259-3015 or register online.

Old SoldiersWhen the Civil War ended, Union veterans, recently freed slaves and European immigrants arrived by the hundreds in St. Paul. Some were returning residents, others sought a new home. On this 3-hour trolley tour you will hear their stories of arrival and explore the St. Paul they helped build, a city trying to move on after a devastating war.

Every Saturday in July these tours begins at Historic Fort Snelling, where most Minnesota soldiers were sent out and welcomed home. Travel through St. Paul’s oldest neighborhood, the West End, where Union veterans and immigrants settled alongside each other. Visit historic Oakland Cemetery and find out how Minnesotans honored their Civil War dead. Drive through Rondo where freed slaves created a home for their children and grandchildren. Explore the grounds of the Old Soldier’s Home, built for Civil War veterans in 1883 and enjoy an 1870s-inspired picnic lunch, catered exclusively for the tour by Chowgirls Killer Catering. Food included in ticket price.
This program is made possible in part by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

What: Soldier One-Day Camp
When: Saturday, July 6
Time: Noon - 4 p.m.
Cost: $50, $45 for MHS members
Reservations: Required, register online.

Attention all recruits! Enlist in the 5th Regiment for an afternoon at Historic Fort Snelling. "New recruits" (ages 8-12) will learn about the lives of soldiers during the 1820s at Fort Snelling. Campers will learn to march and drill, watch musket and cannon firings and much more.

Space is limited to 12 per day. This camp is intended for children ages 8 - 12.

What: Friends of the Upper Post WWII Tours: Walking
When: Sunday, July 14
Time: 9 a.m.
Cost: Free

Uper PostDuring WWII, more than 300,000 members of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation began their military careers at Fort Snelling. They were introduced to military life, tested and assigned to units, and finally sent on to training bases around the country. Military police and railroad engineers, as well as translators of the Military Intelligence Service Language School received their specialized training at Fort Snelling.

This free walking tour of Historic Fort Snelling covers various aspects of Fort Snelling's WWII history, including a tour of officer's row and administrative areas. Friends of Fort Snelling tours are 90 minutes and start at 9 a.m. in front of the HQ building, which is the main building on the post with the clock tower on the corner of Taylor Ave. and Colville Ave.

Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water.

What: Fife and Drum One-Day Camp
When: Saturday, July 27
Time: Noon - 4 p.m.
Cost: $50, $45 for MHS members
Reservations: Required, register online.

Fife and DrumCalling all fife and drummers, sign-up for an afternoon of music and fun. Campers will be issued instruments including tin whistles, which they can take home, and drums that they will use while learning to play military music from the 1800s. The afternoon ends with a special performance in Historic Fort Snelling.

This camp is designed for children ages 10-14. Space is limited to 10 children. No musical experience is necessary.

About Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling is located near the airport at the intersections of Hwys. 5 and 55. Originally a frontier outpost, this fort was later used for military training from the Civil War through World War II. Overlooking the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, the site is staffed with living-history interpreters who portray the soldiers, cooks, laundresses, storekeepers and craftspersons who inhabited the fort in the 1800s. The stone and wood-frame buildings have been restored to their original appearance. For more information, call 612-726-1171.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

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