Events of the Minnesota Historical Society
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Independent historian John Labatte will talk about the Battle of Birch Coulee and the details of the day.
Historian Al Koenig will be here to talk about a series of earth work forts that were erected and used from northern Iowa and central Minnesota. Koenig is retired from the U.S. military and has taught at the University of Nebraska.
Explore the prairie with a friend or someone special, at its most peaceful time, in the evening. Watch the stars as they come out, take a walk, enjoy food and drinks, and a few other surprises.
Join Nick K. Adams as he speaks about his new book "My Dear Wife and Children." The book is based on letters that have been passed down through Adam's family, including letters written by his great-great-grandfather who served as a volunteer in company F with the 2nd Minnesota during the Civil War. The letters were written between 1861-1863.
Join Curtis Dahlin for a talk based on his new book "Friends, Betrayal and Murders: The Massacre of the Paul Kietzmann Party". Dahlin will retell the events surrounding one of the deadliest attacks of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The Paul Kietzmann Party was in Flora Township in Renville County in August, 1862, when the attack happened resulting in 27 killed and 27 taken captive.
Author Vince Botz will discuss the collection of information he has compiled for his book "Stearns County and the Dakota War of 1862." The Minnesota River Valley communities suffered the most devastation but Stearns County was also touched by events during this dangerous time in our history.
Families can play games on the parade grounds including field ball, stilts and graces. Inside the commissary building make a hanky doll or a catapult to take home.
The Little Prairie Pickers perform folk, classic country, alternative bluegrass and traditional bluegrass around Minnesota. With more than a dozen original songs, the group features family friendly tunes. Ross and Danielle Deopere, a brother and sister pair from Cambria, started playing music together in 2008. Other members include Laura Karels, Angie Becker Kudelka and Jason Schroeder.
Learn about the history of Old Glory, and how the current flag came to be the symbol of the United States. View nine flags from the past and join a presentation at 1 pm about the changes the flag has gone through since the Revolutionary War.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was an essential part of the Great Depression. As a public work relief program, the CCC employed young men to work on projects that benefited conservation and natural resources. Projects included constructing the beautiful stone buildings in many of Minnesota's state parks, including Fort Ridgely State Park. Take a walking tour of the grounds to learn about the history of the CCC and what life was like for these young men.
At 1 pm, independent historian John LaBatte will examine the causes of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, drawing on personal stories from his Dakota and settler ancestors. At 2:30 pm, LaBatte will lead a tour of the parade grounds. For the August program, the New Ulm Battery will demonstrate cannon fire and discuss what life was like for soldiers during the war, and Dan Cochran will demonstrate and sell his handmade leather work.
Join Daryl Hrdlicka at Fort Ridgely for a talk about how the telegraph revolutionized long-distance communication. Watch as Hrdlicka uses Morse code to demonstrate how the telegraph transmits signals over wires.
Join Company B for a drill weekend as soldiers demonstrate what life was like at the Fort during the 1860s. Bring the family and camp at the State Park or come for the day. The morning begins with a bugler calling reveille, then watch as soldiers drill on the parade ground and fire muskets, explore a recruitment tent, and watch as the New Ulm Battery demonstrates cannon fire. Dan Cochran will demonstrate his handmade leather work including saddles and wallets. Items will be for sale. On Saturday, Vickie Wendel will tell incredible stories of Minnesota women during the Civil War.
Experience the rich history at Fort Ridgely and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds. Families can also take part in lawn games including baseball, hoops and sticks, and more. Plus, the wide open grounds are perfect for flying kites, families are encouraged to bring their own.