Travel Back in Time Through Two American Wars this August at Historic Fort Snelling

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Release dated: 
July 2, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@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
Cost: $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

Travel Back in Time Through Two American Wars this August at Historic Fort Snelling

Keep an eye out for Fort Snelling's immersive family programs. This August, in addition to traveling back a century and a half to the year 1864, groups can take part in a new program designed to provide an engaging, interactive experience detailing Minnesota's participation in the First World War.

Civil War WeekendCivil War Weekend: 1864
Date: Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Included with admission of $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6-17 and free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

This program transports guests back 150 years to 1864 and the American Civil War. Here, guests can find out about Minnesota soldiers, life on the home front, and much more. Fort Snelling's costumed interpreters will demonstrate cannon and musket firings, discuss Civil War medicine, cooking of the era, showcase fife and drum music, and present 1860s music and a fashion show.

Fort Snelling TowerMinnesota and the First World War
Date: Saturday, Aug. 30, Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Included with admission of $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6-17 and free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

Join in a new program in which families can learn about Minnesota's role in the Great War. The U.S. entered WWI in 1917 and Fort Snelling was mobilized to support thousands of recruits preparing to head to the Western Front. Throughout the day, visitors can interact with costumed staff, watch military demonstrations, weapons firings and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial era.

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.

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