The Civil War in 1864 and WWII Battle for Rabaul Topics of Lectures at Historic Fort Snelling in April

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Release dated: 
March 5, 2014
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Tom Pfannenstiel • Historic Fort Snelling • 612-725-2430 •

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Place: Historic Fort Snelling

Events: Minnesota Civil War Symposium and WWII History Roundtable
Address: 200 Tower Avenue,
Fort Snelling History Center, St. Paul MN 55111
Phone: 612-726-1171

The Civil War in 1864 and WWII Battle for Rabaul Topics of Lectures at Historic Fort Snelling in April

This April, visitors at Historic Fort Snelling can learn more about two major conflicts in our nation's past, the Civil War and World War II.

Civil War SymposiumMinnesota Civil War Symposium: A Universe of Conflict 1864
Saturday, April 5
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., registration at 8:30 welcome at 9:15 a.m.
Cost: Free, optional $15 buffet lunch.
Registration is strongly recommended. The registration form and more information can be found on the Twin Cities Civil War Roundtable website.

In 1864, federal armies pushed slowly forward on multiple fronts while a huge mounted expedition swept into the Dakota Territory and Minnesota's expanding population faced a full mobilization for war. This symposium brings together speakers from around the region to discuss the pivotal year of 1864 in Minnesota and American history.

WWII History Roundtable: The Battle for Rabaul: The Japanese Pearl WWII Soldier raising American flagHarbor
Thursday, April 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $5, free for students.

Bruce Gamble, author of the three-volume "WWII History of Rabaul," and combat veterans will discuss the attack on the New Guinea stronghold. The Harold C. Deutsch WWII History Roundtable brings together authors, historians and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it.

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 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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.