On Guard! – New Interpretation at Historic FR

On Guard! – New Interpretation at Historic Fort Ridgely
© May 9, 2019, John LaBatte

It helps to complain. I have been posting reviews and essays concerning the problems at Historic Fort Ridgely on my blog since 2012. Each of these was sent to Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). Finally, MHS proposes to spend $108,138 for new interpretation at Historic Fort Ridgely. But, can MHS be trusted to do this job right?

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MHS is Prejudiced

Minnesota Historical Society is Prejudiced
© May 8, 2019, John LaBatte

On January 26, 2013, I posted “Is Minnesota Historical Society Prejudiced?” to this blog. I went on to prove Minnesota Historic Society (MHS) was prejudiced against White history in relation to the Dakota War of 1862. And now, 6 years later, nothing has changed. Read on.

Please Note
I do not oppose Dakota Indian history. I advocate balance in history. Anything done for the Dakota Indians needs to be done for other Minnesota ethnic groups. Minnesota Historical Society does not represent all Minnesota ethnic groups equally.

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Review – Six Essays

Review – Six Essays
December 26, 2018

A new exhibit, “States of Incarceration,” opened recently at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. “…it takes a deep look at an overrepresented group in the state’s prisons and jails: American Indians.”

The 1st item below describes the exhibit. The 2nd item identifies errors in the exhibit. The 3rd, 4th and 5th items are replies to the 2nd item. The 6th item is a reply to the 3rd, 4th and 5th items.

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MHS FR – Maintenance Problems

Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Fort Ridgely
Maintenance Problems
Posted on September 3, 2018

I visited Fort Ridgely Historic Site on August 24, 2018. There have been few improvements since my last visit on July 14, 2018. The Minnesota Historical Society continues to show:

  • No Resprect for history at Minnesota’s most important historic site.
  • No Respect for the people who fought and died here.
  • No Respect for the paying public who visit this site.

I noted the following:

  • The Hours of Operation sign has not been replaced.
  • The potholes in the south entrance driveway are worse. Excess pea rock from elsewhere in the parking lot can fix this.
  • There are more weeds in the parking lot and on the trails since my last visit.
  • Many minor popping plastic problems on the trails have been fixed. There are at least 13 major problems that have not been fixed. Gophers are digging under the plastic making the trail base spongy. There many trail areas where the tops of the plastic base are showing. The loose pea rock is settling into low places making an inconsistent walking surface.
  • The woodchuck hole is still there. Does anyone want to put your hand down the hole to see if anyone is living there?

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