Historic Fort Snelling Program Vision

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 31, 2018
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651­259­3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lory Sutton, Marketing and Communications, 651­259­3140, lory.sutton@mnhs.org

Historic Fort Snelling Program Vision

Fort Snelling and the surrounding area, known as Bdote by the Dakota, have been a hub of human activity for 10,000 years. The vision for Historic Fort Snelling is to inspire a better future by providing a place to learn, share and connect to all of the complex stories that shape history in Minnesota.

For nearly 40 years, the interpretation at Historic Fort Snelling has centered on the site’s early military history, using live costumed interpretation to detail life at the fort during the 1820s when it was first built. Moving forward, MNHS is working in partnership with community groups to develop a new interpretive plan that will guide program choices for the future. Stakeholders include the Dakota Community Council and other Native American groups, veterans, African Americans, Japanese Americans, educators and more.

In 2018, visitors will be invited to help test new exhibits and programs that showcase the diversity of stories related to this unique place. The public will be able to engage with both costumed and non-costumed staff through guided tours, demonstrations, temporary exhibits, performances and conversations. This feedback will help inform program decisions for 2020.

Fort Snelling means many things to many people. From the homeland of the Dakota long before the fort existed, to the memories of World War II veterans who mustered out there, this place holds meaning and memories that are at once stirring, powerful and complex. 

Find out more at www.mnhs.org/HFS2020 and join the discussion at #HFS2020.