MHS – FR – Please help

Minnesota Historical Society – Historic Fort Ridgely
What You Can Do to Help
February 6, 2018

Today, Historic Fort Ridgely is under attack again; not by Indians but by poor maintenance and interpretation. The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) is the culprit. MHS disrespects the people who fought and died here. MHS is lying to the public. Here is what you can do to help.

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MHS Can’t Get It Right

Minnesota Historical Society Can’t Get It Right
© January 22, 2018, John LaBatte

In a short time, the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) will be seeking 30 million dollars from the Minnesota State Legislature for renovation of Historic Fort Snelling. Part of this money will be used for interpretation of this historic site. But, Minnesota Historical Society is not the right organization for this job.

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MHS FR – Unbalanced Interpretation

Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Fort Ridgely
Unbalanced Interpretation
© September 27, 2017, John LaBatte

Historic Fort Ridgely served the Minnesota frontier from 1853 to 1867. If not for historic Fort Ridgely, there would be no Fort Ridgely State Park. Historic Fort Ridgely is interpreted by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). Detailed reviews of Fort Ridgely interpretation have been posted to this blog. In these reviews, I call statements unbalanced if:

  • The statement gives information about one group while corresponding information is not given for other groups involved.
  • The statement gives only one side of an issue.

Almost all unbalanced interpretation in MHS Dakota War products favors the Dakota Indians. Much of the unbalanced interpretation at Fort Ridgely favors the whites. This essay takes a closer look at the unbalanced interpretation at Historic Fort Ridgely.

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MHS LQP Problems – Sep 2017

Minnesota Historical Society
Lac qui Parle Mission Historic Site
Maintenance Problems
September 19, 2017

The Lac qui Parle Mission was in service from 1835 to 1854. White missionaries invited area Dakota People to become Christians and to learn to live as the whites. The site is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) and managed by the Chippewa County Historical Society (CCHS). I visited the site on Saturday, September 16, 2017. I was pleasantly surprised with the improvements made since my last visit in July 2017.

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MHS FR – Maintenance – Sep 2017

Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Fort Ridgely
Maintenance Problems
Posted on September 15, 2017

Historic Fort Ridgely is the most important historic site in Minnesota. So how do the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) and Nicollet County Historical Society (NCHS) care for this site?

These photos were taken on September 7, 2017. Conditions have worsened since my last inspection in July 2017.

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