Fort Snelling from Colonial Outpost to Historical Site

Session Description: This program will examine the history of Fort Snelling and its changing role in the history of Minnesota and the United States. The first section will examine the founding of the post, its role in the fur trade, Indian relations and slavery at Fort Snelling. It will also discuss the fort's part in the Civil War, and in the Dakota War and subsequent Indian Wars. The second section will discuss Fort Snelling in the twentieth century, particularly the First World War, the interwar years and World War II. The program will conclude with a discussion of Historic Fort Snelling and its role in historical interpretation.

Session Information: Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 10:00-11:45 a.m. This is a live-streamed, online program. Registrants will receive information by email to access the program. The actual Join URL will be sent out to registrants two business days prior to the session. If you have not received it by then, please contact the Selim Center ( immediately.

Session Educator: Hampton Smith was a long-time archivist, librarian and military history specialist at the Minnesota Historical Society Library. He is the author of several articles and books, notably Brother of Mine, the Civil War Letters of Thomas and William Christie, and Confluence, a History of Fort Snelling, both works published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Confluence recently received the Minnesota Book Award for Minnesota non-fiction.

Fee for the session: $20.00 per person 

To register on-line with a credit card on our secure page, click on this link  Important note: you must register before 8:00 a.m. on the program day in order to receive the Join URL for the session.

To register by check or cash, or to redeem a voucher, please complete this registration form and mail back to the address on the form: Winter 2023 Printable Registration Form