Fort Snelling at Bdote: A Complicated History by Peter DeCarlo
|DATE||Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 2pm|
|LOCATION||Warden’s House Museum
602 North Main Street | Stillwater, MN 55082
|PARKING||Public parking is available in a lot directly across Main Street from the museum. There is limited parking behind the museum for visitors who cannot climb the steps in front.|
|HIGHLIGHTS||Peter will have his book, Fort Snelling at Bdote, available for purchase.|
About the Program
For millennia, the area where the Minnesota River joins the Mississippi has been a crossroads, a place of strategic power. But its history is deeply complicated. Many Dakota people consider the area, known as Bdote, to be both a sacred place of origin and a site of genocide. Many other people think of Fort Snelling, the limestone fortress built by US soldiers at Bdote in the 1820s, as the “birthplace of Minnesota,” an icon of patriotism and pioneer spirit. That symbolism, too, is complicated: over the decades, many army officers held enslaved African Americans at the Fort. The fort itself is also a powerful reminder that most Minnesotans today are descendants of immigrants, living on Dakota land. Come learn about the history of Fort Snelling at Bdote and the Minnesota Historical Society’s work to reinterpret and revitalize one of Minnesota’s most important historical places.
About the Presenter
Peter J. DeCarlo is a historian and author of Fort Snelling at Bdote and Loyalty Within Racism: The Segregated Sixteenth Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard During World War I. He holds an MA in American history and his research interests include colonialism, borderlands, Native American studies, and public memory. His current research focuses on the Columbus Memorial located on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds. He works at the Minnesota Historical Society as a research historian.