The legislature included $4 million for the revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling in the capital investment budget passed May 26th. This money will fund design work, the next step toward construction. MNHS will advocate for the remaining $30 million in the 2018 legislative session.
About the Revitalization Effort
MNHS is asking for $34 million in state support to complement an additional $12 million in privately raised funds for this opportunity to present the fort and its stories in meaningful ways. If the remaining $30 million is appropriated in the next legislative session, MNHS will be on track to open the revitalized site in time for its 2020 bicentennial.
Click here to learn more about how you can thank Governor Dayton and state leaders for this investment and ask for their support in funding the construction in the 2018 legislative session.
Fort Snelling State Park has a new manager, announced at the beginning of the New Year. Kelli Bruns has been appointed superintendent, replacing Larry Peterson who retired last year. We thank Larry Peterson for all he has provided not only to the Friends of Fort Snelling and State Park, but the entire Fort Snelling Area. We also welcome Kelli and are looking forward to our partnership with her as we move forward.
Kelli Bruns is a Wisconsin native originally from Sheboygan. After attending Sheboygan North High School, Kelli worked for the Wisconsin and California Conservation Corps before obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Kelli received a double major in Forest Management and Forest Recreation.
During her undergraduate studies she began her career with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a Limited Term Employee at the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit primarily working on the trail systems and maintenance crews. Kelli also performed Visitor Service and completed an interpretive internship with the Forest Naturalist. In 2003, Kelli was hired with the Wisconsin Bureau of Parks and Recreation as a Park Manager Trainee and worked at the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit and Kohler-Andrae State Parks. In July of 2003 Kelli was hired as the Park Manager at Kohler-Andrae and remained in that position for eight years. In August of 2010, Kelli became the Superintendent at Willow River State Park where she supervised Kinnickinnic State Park and Willow River State Park. In August of 2011, Kelli returned to the eastern side of Wisconsin as the Superintendent at Peninsula State Park where she led a large team for the past five years.
Kelli and her husband John, who is a Chiropractor, have three sons Ben (20), Jack (10) and Patrick (7). The family has relocated to the Lakeville area and are very excited about the new opportunities to work with Minnesota State Parks and Trails, especially as the new Park Manager at Fort Snelling State Park.
The Leadership Center design work is progressing, and we epect to break ground on the footings and foundations in April. The rest of the building will be underway by end of June, and we expect a June of '18 move in date.
There will be a 150 person meeting room, and two 50 person meeting room, a large atrium, and an outdoor courtyard. About 65 people will work at the Leadership Center full time. The facility will also feature a scout shop and a leadership lab for youth and adult leadership training participants during the day, evening, and weekends.
Campus visitors is expected to top 100,000 persons annually, or a doubling of usage with the addition of the new 42,000 square foot facility.
What a day and what an event! I cannot say this enough: we could not have done it without you. Thank you for everything you did to support Fort Snelling State Park’s New Year’s Eve Candlelight Walk event.
Overview: It was a beautiful day for set up and gorgeous evening for the 4-8 pm event at Fort Snelling State Park. With temperatures in the 20s the park’s parking lots were nearly full by 5 pm. Thousands of hikers joined arrived to stroll the road on Picnic Island. Just over a mile of road, parking lot, and trails were lit for safe walking. On Wed, Dec 28 park staff
And the number everyone is really interested in: attendance! Every year this event grows larger and this year was no exception. The mild temperatures, the great press, and word of mouth brought a crowd of nearly 4000 people to this event. It’s hard to get an exact count because some folks hiked down from the Historic Fort and some folks arrived early and stayed… but we believe attendance was somewhere between 4000 and 5000 people this year.
Thanks again and cheers to a wonderful 2017!
Click Here to view the Spring Newsletter, highlighting the designation of Fort Snelling as a National Treasure and more!
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What’s the first thing you do when you’re feeling sick? Call the doctor? Go to the medicine cabinet? Eat a bowl of Grandma’s chicken soup? For the people living at Fort Snelling more than a century ago there were just as many options available. Since going to the doctor at the time was often an unpleasant and ineffective experience, many people turned to over-the-counter “patent” medicines and remedies to cure their ills. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of these unique medicines being used at the fort and this display of original artifacts investigates the stories they have to tell. Don’t miss out; we’ve got the cure for what ails you! Learn more at the MNHS website
FREE to the public
Offered in partnership between Historic Fort Snelling and the MNHS Archaeology Department.
For those of you who have a subscription to the Capitol Report, you can check out this article outlining the details of the Historical Society's state bonding request and the hurdles involved with it:
Bonding Bill Waiting Game: Fort Snelling among many requests vying for money
Check out this wonderful Civil Homecoming Reenactment video that was created for us by Jon Carlson at EPIC Media!
Please check out the Fort Snelling Renovation article featured in the Star Tribune on 2/17 by clicking the link below. The article highlights Fort Snelling and its importance as well as outlines the Minnesota Historical Society’s renovation project and legislative funding proposal. Read full article here: http://www.startribune.com/renovate-fort-snelling-in-time-for-its-bicentennial-in-2020/369038641/
Click here to view this article from MinnPost highlighting the Minnesota Historical Society's efforts to renovate Historic Fort Snelling.
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