Historic Fort Snelling Program Vision

For immediate release

Release dated: 
March 22, 2016
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

The Fort Snelling and surrounding area has been a hub of human activity for at least 10,000 years. Our vision for Historic Fort Snelling is to revitalize the site in order to tell more of the fort’s essential stories from more perspectives–stories of American history told nowhere else.

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. The broader history of the Fort Snelling area is referenced in an orientation video, several small exhibits and other interpretation around the site, but the need is clear for Historic Fort Snelling to tell a more inclusive story of the site’s human and natural history.

MNHS is at the beginning of this program development and is actively seeking input from the public around several major themes including: place, confluence, remembrance, healing and community. Six public meetings have been held to date, with more planned. Key stakeholders include Dakota and other American Indians, veterans, African Americans, Japanese Americans, educators and many more.

“Some argue that Historic Fort Snelling is the most important place in the Upper Midwest,” says Dan Spock, Historic Fort Snelling program lead. “The stories that are told here resonate with many different people. As a result, we are planning for the programming to change over time with the active participation of a wide variety of community partners.”

These rich stories will be shared through a dynamic, inclusive visitor experience featuring new exhibits with cutting-edge multimedia technology. Programming will change frequently, and will range from special events and living history to films, temporary exhibits and guided and self-guided experiences that will allow visitors to examine differing perspectives.

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