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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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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MHS Scorecard

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.

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Be Skeptical

Be Skeptical
© December 6, 2016, John LaBatte

Skeptic – “a person who questions or doubts something (such as a claim or statement)”

To date, I have reviewed more than 300 products related to Dakota/White history. These include essays, speeches, websites, exhibits, signs, audio-visual and books. I can definitely conclude that there is much incorrect, unbalanced and disrespectful information out there on this history.

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