MinneCulture presents a true Minnesota legacy: Charlotte van Cleve

Charlotte Ouisconsin Clark Van Cleve was a remarkable woman who left a legacy in Minnesota. A newborn Charlotte arrived here in 1819, when her father landed with the Fifth Infantry to construct Fort Snelling.

Spending her formative years at remote military posts instilled in Charlotte a love of the flag, and throughout her life she exemplified strong patriotism and an altruistic nature.

She raised a large family and after the Civil War, founded Bethany Home, a safe-haven for "fallen" girls and women. Charlotte served tirelessly as its president for more than twenty years, often taking unpopular stands in support of those she called her "girls." Despite her sometimes controversial opinions, Charlotte was a beloved and respected member of the community throughout her long life.

This MinneCulture documentary was produced by Bobbie Scott, with production assistance by Nancy Sartor. Special thanks to Sabrina Crews, Lisa Day, Ron Grogg, Christine and Jeff Nordin, and the Historic Fort Snelling Fife and Drum Corps. This project is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


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