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On Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling, explore the grounds, visit with costumed interpreters and engage with the many stories that make up the site's history. Learn about American Indian history and the fort's role in U.S. expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, including Dred and Harriet Scott whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War. Watch demonstrations like cannon firings, hearth cooking, blacksmithing and more. Join in historic games on the parade grounds, and kids can try out the History Scavenger Hunt and earn a Fort Kids button.
Throughout the weekend, visit the stone barracks and talk with costumed staff representing different eras of U.S. military history. On Saturday, staff will present stories about U.S. expansion during the 1800s. On Sunday, the focus will be on the 20th century and the growth of the U.S. into a global power. On Monday, don't miss a special "living timeline" of America's military past on the parade ground, with costumed staff and reenactors sharing the history of Americans serving in armed conflicts.
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Take a two-hour walking tour with a Fort Snelling Foundation guide who will share the story of the famed horse Whiskey, who lived at the fort during the 1920s and 1930s.
This tour will cover some rough terrain and is not appropriate for young children.
Note: This tour begins at the headquarters building (clock tower) across from the ball fields on the corner of Taylor and Colville Avenues. The headquarters building is a quarter mile from the Fort Snelling light rail station.
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Open Climb is at Base Camp on our massive indoor rock wall.
located at 201 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling, Mn 55111
Become a history investigator and find out that there's more to history than meets the eye at Historic Fort Snelling. Try to answer questions like: Who was here before and what happened? Why would a blacksmith make a soft nail? How can an officer own another person? Why is the baker's arm in the oven? How does time stretch in the summer and shrink in the winter?
At this camp, kids can delve beneath the surface to investigate the reasons things are the way they are, how they came to be and the effects they have on us today. This camp is for ages 9-14.
Cancellations accepted until 3 weeks before camp's start for exchange/refund, minus a 20% processing fee.
Take a two-hour walking tour with a Fort Snelling Foundation guide and learn about Fort Snelling during World War II. This tour will cover some rough terrain and is not appropriate for young children.
Grab a trowel and get ready for an archeological dig! Campers will spend the day with trained staff who will help them do archaeological work, including research, digging and sifting at a recreated dig site and working with scientific equipment in a lab.
This camp is for ages 10-14, and space is limited to 10. Cancellations accepted until 3 weeks before camp's start for exchange/refund, minus a 20% processing fee.
Discovery Day Camp is an affordable, fun-filled, 5 day camp that will run over three separate weeks this Summer. Youth will perform a variety of activities including climbing, swimming, outdoor skills, crafts, archery, team-building, seeing historic sights, and much more! Our qualified guides keep everyone entertained as they provide high-quality program. With 14,000 acres of nearby wilderness you don't have to leave the cities to get great camp memories.
Take a two-hour walking tour with a Fort Snelling Foundation guide and learn about the real-life mystery of a young woman's murder at Fort Snelling in 1940. This tour will cover some rough terrain and is not appropriate for young children.
Celebrate the United States' birthday at Historic Fort Snelling and explore the history of freedom in 19th century America. Just like in the 1800s, hear cannon and muskets salutes, watch a military dress parade, listen to fife and drum music and attend a mock battle.
But not all Americans viewed Independence Day this way 200 years ago. Visit interactive learning stations around the fort and learn about the struggles for freedom and independence for several different groups of Americans—such as enslaved people, American Indians and women—while exploring the question "What does freedom mean today?"
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