Explore the Upper Post, Try a New Take on Halloween with History Mystery Nights and Visit During School Release Days at Historic Fort Snelling

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Release dated: 
September 4, 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

Explore the Upper Post, Try a New Take on Halloween with History Mystery Nights and Visit During School Release Days at Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling offers a wide variety of programs this October. Two popular summer camps are being offered as one-day family camps making great opportunities for families to explore the fort together. Visitors can also take a unique walking tour of the Upper Post; spend the school release days at the fort; and solve a murder mystery with two special evening events, one for families and one just for adults (with complimentary beer.)

Family Camps

  • Davy Crockett Family Camp
    Saturday, Oct. 5
    Noon to 4 p.m.
    $60 for parent and child, $20 for each additional child; $5 discount for MHS members
    Reservations required, register online

    Parents and their children are invited to try their hand at skills that outdoorsmen like Davy Crockett used to survive in the wilderness. Historic staff will show participants how to start a fire with flint and steel, set up 19th century-style snares and traps and much more.
Little Family in the Big Fort
  • Little Family in the Big Fort Camp
    Saturday, Oct. 12
    Noon to 4 p.m.
    $60 for parent and child, $20 for each additional child; $5 discount for MHS members
    Reservations required, register online

    Put away those iPads and cell phones and spend an afternoon living life just like Laura Ingalls Wilder did in the 1800s. Parents and their children can work together doing activities taken straight from the Little House book series like cooking, crafts and a school lesson in our one-room schoolhouse.

Friends of the Upper Post WWII Tours: Walking
Sunday, Oct. 6
9 a.m.
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.

Old School DaysOld School Minnesota Days
Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18 (School release days)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days
$11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members

Spend this years school release days at Historic Fort Snelling. Interact with costumed staff portraying what life was like on the frontier; watch demonstrations of hearth cooking, musket and cannon firings, and blacksmithing; and explore hands-on exhibits. Participate in the one-room schoolhouse program to see what life was like for students during the early 1800s.

Go on a History Hunt searching the fort looking for historic items and receive membership in the Fort Kids Club at the end of the hunt.

History Mystery: CSI: Fort Snelling

  • History Mystery: CSI: Fort Snelling for ages 21 and up
    Saturday, Oct. 19
    6 to 9 p.m.
    $20, $2 discount for MHS members.
    Reservations: required, register online

    Adults are invited to come along on a guided evening tour through the fort during this special "murder mystery" program. Guests will visit the crime scene, talk with witnesses, examine medical evidence and decide for themselves whether the suspect is guilty or not. Complimentary beer (limit 2) will be provided before or after the program at the Sutler's Store (courtesy of Barley John's). Don’t miss this one-of-a kind evening at Historic Fort Snelling. Participants must be ages 21 and up.
  • History Mystery: CSI: Fort Snelling
    Dates: Oct. 26, 2013
    Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
    Fee: $15 adults, $13 seniors and children 14-17; $2 discount for MHS members.
    Reservations: required, register online

    Families are invited to come along on a guided evening tour through the fort during this special "murder mystery" program. Guests will visit the crime scene, talk with witnesses, examine medical evidence and decide for themselves whether the suspect is guilty or not. Don’t miss this one-of-a kind evening at Historic Fort Snelling. This program is appropriate for ages 14 and older.

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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