Gov. Dayton Includes Funding for Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center Project

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Release dated: 
January 15, 2016
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org, 651-259-3148
Laura Weber, laura.weber@mnhs.org, 651-259-3039

Gov. Dayton Includes Funding for Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center Project

The Minnesota Historical Society thanks Governor Dayton for including the Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center project in his 2016 Capital Budget recommendations today. Dayton included the requested level of $34 million for design and construction needed to revitalize this important National Historic Landmark.

The site’s current visitor center is dilapidated and needs to be razed. The building’s subterranean location makes it cost prohibitive to repair, and difficult for visitors to find and navigate.

This project will revitalize the site through renovation of a historic cavalry barracks building to create a new visitor center and updated exhibits and site improvements, such as wayfinding and creating spaces for experiencing the Mississippi River.

The Minnesota Historical Society is embarking on a major initiative to reintroduce this dramatic area to Minnesotans and history lovers worldwide to commemorate the bicentennial of the fort in 2020. The site’s many stories — stories of American history told nowhere else — will be experienced in preserved historic buildings amid restored natural beauty. Find out more.