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10 Reasons to Visit. St. Paul

History Matters to Minnesota, and the Twin Cities is excited to host the AASLH Annual Meeting this September. To help whet your appetite, we’ve put together the top 10 reasons to make your Saint Paul reservations immediately.

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Wabasha Street Caves

 The Rich History of St. Paul

St. Paul, the host city of the AASLH meeting, contains a rich history within its borders. AASLH attendees will find many avenues to explore the city. Situated at the head of practical steamboat navigation on the Mississippi River, the early pioneers found the channel was strewn with too many boulders for industry.

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Alexander Ramsey HouseProgramming with a twist breaths fresh life and attendance figures into suffering historic home

The Alexander Ramsey House had everything going for it: an 11,000 square foot mansion, 14,000 original artifacts, an urban-center location, and association with a historical figure with ties to state and national history. Despite these assets, the house was suffering a similar fate to other house museums across the country – attendance and revenue were in sharp decline and staff struggled to connect with audiences.

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Minnesota Historical Society leads statewide effort to commemorate U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

The 1862 U.S.-Dakota War ushered in 30 years of Indian Wars across the northern plains, forever changing the course of U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota warriors were hung through presidential order, the Dakota were banished from Minnesota, and hundreds of immigrant settlers were killed or displaced.

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Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County_2013Exhibit commemorates 30th anniversary of local man’s passion to honor his Scandanavian Heritage 

For a brief time in 1982, world media focused on a little ship in the north Atlantic that came from the prairie of Minnesota built by one man with a dream. The Hjemkomst Sagas: One Dream, One Ship, Many Stories tells the heart-warming story of Robert Asp’s ten-year dream of building a Viking ship from scratch and sailing it to Norway in honor of his Scandinavian heritage.

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MN Then Now Wow_2013Minnesota exhibit reinvents the school field trip for 21st-century learners 

Then Now Wow, is a 14,000-square-foot permanent exhibit that explores Minnesota’s regions and cultures, both past and present, through the stories and experiences of Minnesota’s people. It is the first exhibit produced by the Minnesota Historical Soceity (MHS) with students on field trips as the primary audience.

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Firefighters commemorate Fifth Anniversary of I-35W Bridge Collapse

The Bill and Bonnie Daniels Firefighters Hall and Museum is a small organization of retired and active firefighters. With the approaching fifth anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse, the Board of Trustees decided to develop an exhibit commemorating the response of the Minneapolis Fire Department to that rush-hour tragedy that shocked the entire nation.

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College and museum join forces to commemorate dark period in Minnesota history

The traveling exhibit Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota – U.S. War of 1862 was produced by Gustavus Adolphus College students in conjunction with the Nicollet County Historical Society. Twelve panels explore the war’s causes, voices, events, and long-lasting consequences.

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Story of U.S.-Dakota War told through the personal lives of one Minnesota county

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, The Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) community-curated and installed a permanent exhibit entitled Never Shall I Forget: Brown County and the U.S.-Dakota War. Rather than telling the complete story of the war or the settlement of Minnesota, the BCHS focused on the war as it impacted Brown County residents.

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Gwen Westerman

Landscape of Minnesota recreated through Native history of Dakota tribe 

Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota is a deep, multilayered history of place. Using traditional sources including oral histories, exploration-era maps, diaries and letters written by traders and settlers, and treaty documents, Gwen Westerman and Bruce White produced multiple narratives to demonstrate that Minnesota is a Dakota place.

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