STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Minnesota history exhibit features dark episode
Museums often tell war stories, but an exhibit the Minnesota History Center just opened is more emotional than others.
This is our war, History Center Director Dan Spock said while touring the exhi... Posted on 7/6/12 at 3:50 AM
They were Dakota warriors. They met their fates with courage 150 years ago. The 38 condemned men, their hands bound behind them, rushed to the gallows that had been specially built for them on the edge of the Minnesota River in Mankato, Minn. They danced in place as the rough-hewn nooses were pulled over their heads. All wore white muslin caps with flaps on them, pulled down to obscure faces adorned with ceremonial paint.
Dale Blanshan will present “Minnesota’s Other Civil War: The Sioux Uprising of 1862” at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at Faith Lutheran Church, 32 Bagley Ave., Bagley, Minn., as part of the Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning program.
From my reading about these events, I come away with a much greater understanding of how corruption and greed on the part of powerful, monied interests in early Minnesota set up circumstances that inevitably led to bloodshed.
, July 15, 2012
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