U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Exhibit

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
In Progress
End Date
June 2013
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 5, Programs.
Appropriation Language

Programs. $4,800,000 the first year and $4,800,000 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.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
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. See U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Outreach project on the left side of this page. The exhibit has received broad, positive coverage from the news media.

Project Details

The exhibit, opening at the Minnesota History Center in June of 2012, will use Minnesota Historical Society collections objects and primary resources to illuminate events leading up to, during and after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

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Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul
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