New Dakota War Exhibit 29 May 12

The Minnesota History Center will open a new exhibit next month examining the US Dakota War of 1862. Hundreds of whites and Dakota died in the six weeks of violence rooted in conflict over federal payments and starvation among the Indians. The war led to the largest mass execution in US history, with the hangings of 38 Dakota men in Mankato on December 26th, 1862. Minnesota Historical Society director Steve Elliott says the new exhibit is a “search for truth” that draws on many perspectives and conflicting interpretations. Researchers met with Dakota people and settler descendants and examined original documents, letters, diaries and artifacts to put together a narrative. The exhibit opens June 30th in St. Paul. The Brown County Historical Society is also working on a new exhibit being unveiled later this summer to mark the 150th anniversary of the conflict.