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Explore History's Winding Roads on September Bus Tours at Historic Fort Snelling

August 6, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 6 -- The Minnesota Historical Society issued the following news release:

This September, groups are invited to bring their buses for a special tour that will take visitors behind-the-scenes at Historic Fort Snelling, as well as past the Upper Post. A costumed guide will be present to discuss the history of the fort and share unique stories of the its inhabitants. During a stop at one of the historic buildings, groups will be even able to meet one of the Fort's History Players. Before or after the tour, guests can traverse the Visitor Center to look at exhibits, shop at the gift shop and watch the exclusive 20-minute film "Where the Waters Meet: Stories of Fort Snelling." The fort's gate accommodates buses up to 13 ft. wide. Motor coaches are not permitted. Groups must have a minimum of 8 people. The last step of the tour begins at 3 p.m.

St. Paul After the Civil War Bus Tour

Date: Saturday, Sept. 13

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: $45/$40 for MNHS members.

Travel back through time and immerse yourself in the experiences of post-Civil War St. Paul as it was rebuilt by a diverse cast of residents. This three-hour tour on an air-conditioned mini-coach takes participants through the lives of the Union veterans, recently-freed slaves and European immigrants after the war. Some were returning residents and others were newcomers to St. Paul, but all of them called the city home. The tour begins at Historic Fort Snelling, where most soldiers' enlistments began and ended. Guests will also travel through St. Paul's oldest neighborhood - the West End, where veterans and and immigrants lived alongside each other. Visitors will see Oakland Cemetery and learn of the measures taken to honor Minnesota's dead. Travelers will have an opportunity to explore the Old Soldier's Home, built in 1883 for Civil War veterans. An 1870s-inspired catered box lunch will be provided at no extra charge. The tour includes at least four blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. This program is made possible in part by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

Historic Fort Snelling is located near the airport at the intersections of Hwys. 5 and 55. Originally a frontier outpost, this fort was later used for military training from the Civil War through World War II. Overlooking the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, the site is staffed with living-history interpreters who portray the soldiers, cooks, laundresses, storekeepers and craftspersons who inhabited the fort in the 1800s. The stone and wood-frame buildings have been restored to their original appearance. For more information, call 612-726-1171.

The Society's calendar of events is posted online at The website also has information about all of the Society's programs, museums and historic sites.

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