Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, June 27th as she talks with Kate Roberts and Andrea Kajer about the new exhibit to open at the Minnesota History Center on June 30th. The exhibit is "Minnesota Tragedy: The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862." The Minnesota History Center site states, "Visitors to “The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862” exhibit at the Minnesota History Center will examine the evidence, hear heart-wrenching stories and learn about the broken treaties and promises that led to this disastrous chapter in Minnesota history."
"The war ended with hundreds dead, the Dakota people exiled from their homeland and the largest mass execution in U.S. history: the hangings of 38 Dakota men in Mankato on Dec. 26, 1862. 2012 marks 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War. It was waged for six weeks in southern Minnesota over the late summer of 1862, but the war’s causes began decades earlier and the profound loss and consequences of the war are still felt today.
This is an interactive website that relates stories of the war and its aftermath through oral histories, photos, journals, letters, newspapers, government documents and other primary resources. The site will also provide resources for classroom use. The site will debut in phases throughout this year.