Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Exhibit

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Project Overview

This exhibit, on view at the Minnesota History Center through Sept. 8, 2013, recounts the Minnesota war that tore apart lives, families and the Dakota nation. Visitors can view documents, images and artifacts related to the war, as well as hear heart-wrenching stories and learn about the broken treaties and promises that led to this disastrous chapter in Minnesota history.

There are many, often conflicting, interpretations of events related to the war. The exhibit includes multiple viewpoints, as well as historical and contemporary voices. Descendants of people involved in the war took an active role in shaping the exhibit. The exhibit has received broad, positive coverage from the news media.

Project Details

This exhibit uses Minnesota Historical Society collections objects and primary resources to illuminate events leading up to, during and after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 First Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, Section 2 Subdivision 5, as amended by laws of Minnesota, 2012, Chapter 264, Article 5, Section 4.

Appropriation Language
Programs. $4,800,000 the first year and $5,200,000 the second year are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Funding Amount: $329,523

Direct Expenses: $329,523

Project Manager

Dan Spock
Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102

Subject: History

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Board Members:

William R. Stoeri, President
Missy Staples Thompson, First Vice President
Ruth Huss, Vice President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
Dean M. Nelson, Treasurer

Suzanne Blue, Robert Bruininks, Brenda J. Child, Judith S. Corson, D. Stephen Elliott
Phyllis Rawls Goff, William D. Green, David R. Hakensen, Ruth S. Huss, Martha Kaemmer, Dennis L. Lamkin, David M. Larson, Charles Mahar, Dean M. Nelson
Dennis Nguyen, Elizabeth M. Nordlie, Peter Reis, Hussein Samatar, Simon Stevens
Susan Kenny Stevens, William R. Stoeri, Karen Wilson Thissen, Missy Staples Thompson, Eleanor Winston

Mark Dayton, Governor
Yvonne Prettner Solon, Lieutenant Governor
Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor

Measurable Outcomes

This project has left visitors with a positive overall experience of Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage. This project has left visitors with a greater interest in Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage. This project has increased the likelihood that visitors will recommend the Minnesota Historical Society to their friends and family.

Quick Facts

Project Type: Statewide Programs

Parent Project:

Funding Amount: $329,523

Source: Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Status: In Progress

Appropriation Years: 2012 2013

Activity Type: Education/Outreach/Engagement

Counties Impacted: Statewide

MN Senate District: All Districts

MN House District: All Districts

FTEs (Full-Time Equivalent Positions Directly Created): 0.75

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