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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

Living History Tours

Students visit fort buildings and learn about the past from guides dressed in period costumes. The 90-minute tour includes the story of Dred and Harriet Scott, slaves who lived at Fort Snelling and later sued for their freedom. It also introduces students to the interactions between the U.S. government and American Indian nations. Allow extra time to see Where the Waters Meet, a short film in the Visitors Center, and the archaeology exhibit, History Under the Floorboards. Available April through October.

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

Perspective, Choice and Change

A short film, interactive activities, primary sources and more enlighten students on 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