Just Launched Cell Phone Tours Give Visitors a New Way to Explore Historic Fort Snelling and the State Capitol

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August 25, 2010
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Just Launched Cell Phone Tours Give Visitors a New Way to Explore Historic Fort Snelling and the State Capitol

In an effort to reach new audiences and to provide additional content the Historic Sites Division of the Minnesota Historical Society has launched new cell phone walking tours at Historic Fort Snelling and the Minnesota State Capitol.

The new "History on the Spot" self-guided tours can be accessed using any cell phone (minute charges may apply). To access the tour at either site, call 877-411-4123.

Historic Fort Snelling

Visitors can learn about the history of Historic Fort Snelling and the surrounding area at two locations within the fort's walls, from the top of the Round Tower and Half Moon Battery. Each location provides five different stops and covers topics including the development of the City of Mendota; the role of the Mississippi River to American Indians, fur traders and pioneers; and the issues surrounding the U.S.-Dakota War.

Minnesota State Capitol

The popular Capitol Mall Walking Tour is now available to visitors by cell phone. The new self-guided "History on the Spot" cell phone tours provide an overview of the more than 20 monuments and memorials on the Capitol grounds, with information about the artists who created each piece.

The tour includes memorials recognizing World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans; a reproduction of the Liberty Bell; a commemorative garden in honor of Minnesota suffragists; and sculptures honoring such diverse figures as Charles Lindbergh, Governor John Johnson, and Norwegian explorer, Leif Erickson.

A free companion map of the mall with instruction that guides visitors from one stop to the next, is available at the Capitol Information Desk during regular hours. An online tour is available for guests who want to learn more about the memorials before arriving at the Capitol.

The "History on the Spot" program is made possible through the support of the Richard & Shirley DeLeo Fund for Historic Sites.

Pick up a 2010 Travel Map, an innovative and fun way to explore the Society’s network of 26 museums and historic sites. Use the map to plan daytrips, weekend getaways or extended vacations. It can be ordered by calling 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773. Visit online at www.visitmnhistory.org.

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is proud to partner on the 2010 Travel Map. Promotional support is provided by Explore Minnesota Tourism.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. 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.