Fort Snelling Community Conversations To Tell Painful History

The Minnesota Historical Society is preparing for a major overhaul of Fort Snelling in anticipation of the Forts’ 200th Anniversary in 2019. MHS has announced its intentions to do more truth telling about the Fort’s painful past and to engage the community in the process.

MHS has announced a series of monthly community conversations about Fort Snelling, May through October, on the third Thursday of each month. Guest speakers will give informal lectures on various topics about Fort Snelling’s history, and participants will engage in facilitated conversation about what that history means for us today. Dialogues will be facilitated by Minnesota Historical Society staff trained by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

The sessions will be held at different sites around the Twin Cities and run from from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended. (Go to to learn more.)

Here are the four meetings announced so far in the community conversation series. More will be announced soon:

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