Dakota Community Assists to Create New Era for Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling

Published March 30, 2017

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is moving forward to ensure that a revitalized Historic Fort Snelling is ready in time for its bicentennial in 2020.

MNHS is continuing to seek $34 million in state support for a much-needed revitalization and renovation of Historic Fort Snelling. 

The revitalization project will create a new era for Historic Fort Snelling, where essential stories of thousands of years of history will be told in preserved historic buildings amid restored natural beauty.

MNHS is committed to developing Historic Fort Snelling’s programs in collaboration with community partners. This winter MNHS invited Dakota people from the MNHS Indian Advisory Committee, other educators and community leaders from the Twin Cities, and reservations outside of Minnesota to form a Dakota Community Council. The Council has met twice in 2017 and will continue to meet through 2020 and beyond. 

In order to keep the project moving forward, MNHS is using non-state funds to hire Leo A Daly architects and Mortenson Construction to begin schematic design this summer.

These collaborations are part of a new interpretive approach that expands the diverse stories of the people who crossed paths here—from the Dakota, Ojibwe and enslaved people to immigrants, soldiers and fur traders.

Find out more about the project at www.mnhs.org/HFS2020 and join the discussion on social media at #HFS2020. A complete press kit is available online.

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