Minnesota Historical Society Scorecard
January 1, 2017
Updated on May 29, 2017
Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) produces more products related to the 1862 Dakota War than any other organization or individual. Below are counts of incorrect, unbalanced and disrespectful statements in MHS products. The detailed reviews can be found elsewhere on this blog.
In my reviews, I call a statement incorrect if:
- The statement is wrong
- The statement is incomplete
- The statement cannot be proven
- The statement does not apply to all members of the group
I call a statement 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.
I call a statement disrespectful if:
- The statement criticizes people without showing proof.
Counts of Incorrect, Unbalanced and Disrespectful Statements in MHS Products
|Northern Lights, 2nd Edition||Jan 2012||72||11||7|
|Northern Lights, Rev. 2nd Ed.||Jun 2014||117||14||11|
|Fort Snelling at Bdote (1)||Feb 2017||76||23||10|
|“Great Treasure…” (2)||May 2013||21||1||0|
|“Survival…1863-1866” (3)||May 2013||53||6||2|
|“Historic Fort Snelling” (4)||Jul 2016||49||12||0|
|U.S.-Dakota War of 1862||Jul 2012||43||4||4|
|Then, Now, Wow||Apr 2013||48||15||8|
|Lower Sioux Agency||Mar 2016||84||7||9|
|“Fort Ridgely” at Fort Ridgely (5)||Jun 2016||35||2||10|
|Fort Ridgely Commissary||Jun 2016||36||1||8|
|Lac qui Parle Mission||Sep 2016||34||0||5|
|Fort Snelling Trail||Sep 2011||13||4||0|
|Traverse des Sioux Trail||Jan 2013||35||2||5|
|Birch Coulee Trail||Apr 2013||30||2||2|
|Fort Snelling – More Signs||Jun 2013||19||0||2|
|Acton Incident||May 2017||24||0||2|
|Fort Ridgely Site||May 2017||6||0||3|
|Wood Lake Battle||May 2017||6||0||3|
|Fort Ridgely Trail||Oct 2014||61||5||3|
|War within War: Lincoln… (6)||Jul 2013||22||3||5|
|Internment Camp||Jul 2013||8||1||0|
|Minnesota River Valley Tour||Jan 2014||170||45||4|
|Fort Ridgely Intro||May 2017||27||0||5|
|Lower Sioux Agency Intro||Mar 2016||54||14||1|
|Minnesota Territory||Jun 2013||34||7||4|
|MN150 Wiki||Jun 2013||37||13||2|
|U.S.-Dakota War FAQ||Jan 2014||44||25||0|
|U.S. – Dakota War||Jan 2014||353||87||9|
|Fort Snelling||Jan 2015||54||8||3|
|Online Classroom||Feb 2015||22||2||3|
|Fort Ridgely Information||Aug 2015||54||2||6|
- This book was written and published by Minnesota Historical Society
- “Great Treasure of the Fort Snelling Prison Camp,” Minnesota History Magazine, Spring 2010
- “Survival at Crow Creek, 1863-1866,” Minnesota History Magazine, Winter 2008-2009
- St. Paul Pioneer Press insert, June 24, 2016.
- This exhibit is on display in the Fort Ridgely Commissary.
- Hosted by Minnesota Historical Society
- Some of these products have been removed or changed since my review.
- This history is complicated. MHS permits inexperienced researchers and writers do some of their exhibits. This is evident in the 2 exhibits added this year at Fort Ridgely.
- Unknowledgeable people are interviewed and statements from their interviews are used without editing.
- Almost all of the Unbalanced Statements lack corresponding information about the Whites.
- Almost all of the Disrespectful Statements are made about the Whites. MHS should not criticize anyone unless they have solid proof.
- MHS uses an Indian Advisory Panel to review their Dakota War products. MHS does not have a corresponding White Advisory Panel.
- MHS has at least 4 departments that do their own interpretation of this history. They appear to act independently of each other.
Why is this happening?
- The only explanation I have ever received from MHS was in 2012. It was said that there had been 150 years of “White history”; now it was time to tell the “Dakota side.”
- MHS needs to recognize they have a problem.
- MHS needs to raise their standards and start producing “good history.”
- MHS needs to provide equal representation for all of the ethnic groups in Minnesota.