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Field Trips

Historic Fort Snelling

Overlooking the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, Fort Snelling was once the farthest outpost of the U.S. military. Today, students learn about Fort Snelling's role in Minnesota history, and about the people who lived in and around the fort during the early 1800s. Costumed guides will engage your class in a variety of learning activities during a tour of the historic site. 

Academic Standards: 

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Field Trip Options

Historic Fort Snelling Tour

During this 90-minute program, costumed guides engage students with interactive activities, demonstrations and conversation about different aspects of life during the early 1800s. The tour includes the story of Dred and Harriet Scott, an enslaved couple who lived at the fort and later sued for their freedom. Students are also introduced to the complex relations between American Indian nations and the U.S. government. Allow extra time to watch a short film in the visitor center, to visit the History Under the Floorboards archaeology exhibit and to climb the Round Tower.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Details: 90 minutes + Cost: $6 per student

Perspective, Choice and Change

In this two-hour program, students explore digitized primary sources in our touch-screen computer lab, analyze historical objects and participate in interactive simulations to understand Fort Snelling's role in one of three complex historical issues: the Civil War, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 or World War II.

The Minnesota Historical Society gratefully acknowledges David and Barbara Koch for their generous support of this program.

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Details: 2 hours Cost: $6 per student