Discover Historic Fort Snelling in September through Tours, Scout Camps and World War I Programs

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Release dated: 
August 7, 2013
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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

Discover Historic Fort Snelling in September through Tours, Scout Camps and World War I Programs

This September, Historic Fort Snelling hosts a number of engaging events. Take a bus tour and see the Fort with a costumed guide or take a walking tour of the Upper Post and discover the Fort's 20th century history. Century Scout Camp recreates a scouting experience from 100 years ago and two programs feature activities about Minnesota's role in the First World War.

What: History in the Go! Bus Tours
When: Friday, Sept. 6
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $8, $6 for MHS members
Reservations required, call 612-970-2844 or email nancy.cass@mnhs.org

upper postGroups are invited to bring their buses to Historic Fort Snelling for a special step-on tour that goes inside the historic fort gates as well as past the Upper Post. A costumed guide will spend an hour with the group discussing the history of the fort and share stories of the people who lived there. After the tour, guests can go inside the Visitor Center to look through exhibits, shop in the gift store and watch the 20 minute film "Where the Waters Meet: Stories of Fort Snelling."

The fort's gate opening accommodates buses up to 13 ft. wide.

What: Century Scouts Camp
When: Saturday, Sept. 7
Time: noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: $50; $45 for MHS members

Fort Snelling has a long association with Scouting in Minnesota. During this fun-filled afternoon, Scouts will step back to the earliest days of Scouting and try their hand at outdoor skills such as building shelters, hatchet safety, hiking and fire-starting, just like Scouts did 100 years ago. Space is limited.

What: Friends of the Upper Post WWII Tours: Architectural
When: Sunday, Sept. 15
Time: 9 a.m.
Cost: FREE

During WWII, over 300,000 members of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation began their military careers at Fort Snelling. They were introduced to military life, were 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.

Friends of Fort Snelling tours are 90 minutes and cover various aspects of Fort Snelling's 20th century history. All tours 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: World War I Education Day
When: Friday, Sept. 20
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5/$4 MHS members

WWI manueversBring your education group (classes, care groups, homeschool students) to this new program that focuses on Minnesota’s role in the first World War. When the U.S. joined WWI, Fort Snelling mobilized to support the thousands of recruits who would fight in Europe.

Visit with costumed staff and re-enactors, watch military demonstrations and weapons firings, and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial time.

What: Minnesota and the First World War
When: Saturday, Sept. 21
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members

When the U.S. joined World War I in 1917, Fort Snelling mobilized to support the thousands of recruits who would fight along the Western Front. The general public is invited to visit Historic Fort Snelling for this new program and learn about Minnesota’s role in the Great War. Interact with costumed staff and re-enactors, watch military demonstrations and weapons firings and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial time.

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.

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