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Fort Snelling at Bdote with Author Peter DeCarlo

Presented by Washington County Historical Society at Warden's House Museum, Stillwater MN

Aug 19 2018
Fort Snelling at Bdote with Author Peter DeCarlo

This exciting and free presentation will dive into the complicated history of Fort Snelling at Bdote and the Minnesota Historical Society’s work to reinterpret and revitalize one of Minnesota’s most important historical places.

For millennia, the area where the Minnesota River joins the Mississippi has been a crossroads, a place of strategic power. But its history is deeply complicated. Many Dakota people consider the area, known as Bdote, to be both a sacred place of origin and a site of genocide. Many other people think of Fort Snelling, the limestone fortress built by US soldiers at Bdote in the 1820s, as the “birthplace of Minnesota,” an icon of patriotism and pioneer spirit. That symbolism, too, is complicated:

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