Historic Fort Snelling Opens for the Season with New Exhibit and Memorial Day Programs

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Release dated: 
April 9, 2014
Media contacts: 

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

Tom Pfannenstiel • Historic Fort Snelling • 612-725-2430 • tom.pfannenstiel@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: Memorial Day Weekend Programs and Exhibit
Date: May 24, 25 and 26
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Place: Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Avenue, Fort Snelling History Center, St. Paul MN 55111
Cost: Exhibit is free. Admission to the Historic Fort is $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 612-726-1171
Email: ftsnelling@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.historicfortsnelling.org

Historic Fort Snelling Opens for the Season with New Exhibit and Memorial Day Programs

Historic Fort Snelling opens for the season on Memorial Day Weekend with family programs and a new exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution.

Event: Opening Weekend and Memorial Day: Military History Living Timeline
Date: May 24, 25 and 26
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children under 6 and MNHS members

Military history Living Timeline

Visit during Memorial Day Weekend for special programs. Guests can explore the historic buildings, visit with costumed interpreters and learn about life in early Minnesota. Children can try out the History Hunt scavenger hunt, earn a special Fort Kids button and play games that were popular in the 1800s. Other activities include cannon and musket firings, hearth cooking demonstrations and American Indian history presentations.

On Memorial Day, guests can travel through the past with a living timeline of military life during this special day honoring America's soldiers. Costumed staff and re-enactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. Guests can also play games and explore Minnesota's oldest military fort.

Event: "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas"
Dates: May 24 - July 20, 2014
Time: Daily during regular hours.
Cost: FREE (does not include admission to the Historic Fort).

Visitors at the IndiVisible exhibit

Opening Memorial Day Weekend, "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas," is a new exhibit that explores the dynamics of race, community and creativity through the lens of African and Native peoples who came together in the Americas.

Though African-Native American people created shared histories, communities, families and ways of life, they also endured prejudice, laws and twists of history that often divided them from each other. But within this shared past they were united in the struggle against slavery and dispossession, and then for self-determination and freedom. For African-Native Americans, their double heritage is truly indivisible.

The exhibit was developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The panel exhibit is on display in the visitor center through July 20 and is free.

Historic Fort Snelling is open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

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.

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.