MHS FR – A Dinosaur

Minnesota Historical Society
A Dinosaur at Historic Fort Ridgely
© August 4, 2017, John LaBatte

There is a small diorama at Historic Fort Ridgely that was donated to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1962. That’s right, 55 years ago! It contains at least 26 incorrect statements, 7 offensive terms and 4 spelling errors. It should be updated and corrected else it should be removed. This essay takes a closer look at this diorama.

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MHS LQP Problems – June 2017

Minnesota Historical Society
Lac qui Parle Mission Historic Site
Maintenance Problems
June 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 first notified MHS and CCHS of these problems in September 2016. Nothing has been improved. Conditions are worsening. It is shameful how this site is being maintained. Doesn’t anyone care?

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Historic FR – Visitors Beware – May 2017

Historic Fort Ridgely – Visitors Beware – May 2017
© June 2, 2017, John LaBatte
Updated on June 11, 2017

This is the 2nd notice to the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) and to the Nicollet County Historical Society (NCHS) that serious problems exist at Historic Fort Ridgely. The 1st notice was posted on this blog and mailed to people at MHS and NCHS in June 2016. See bulleted items below for changes to the site since June 2016. I visited Historic Fort Ridgely several times in May 2017. See below for problems that still exist.

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Review – MHS WL Battle Sign

Minnesota Historical Society
Wood Lake Battle Sign
http://www.usdakotawar.org/history/battle-wood-lake
Reviewed on May 29, 2017

Items of Interest

From the MHS Website: This sign replaced the old sign in 2012. Content on this sign was reviewed by an MHS historical marker committee, as well as by Dakota consultants and the MHS Indian Advisory Committee.

This review includes the text on the Minnesota Historical Society website and the text on the sign.

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Review – MHS Fort Ridgely Site Sign

Minnesota Historical Society
Fort Ridgely Site Sign
http://www.usdakotawar.org/history/attack-fort-ridgely
Reviewed on May 29, 2017
Updated on June 12, 2017

Items of Interest

From the MHS Website: This sign replaced the old sign in 2012. Content on this sign was reviewed by an MHS historical marker committee, as well as by Dakota consultants and the MHS Indian Advisory Committee.

This review includes the text on the Minnesota Historical Society website and the text on the sign.

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