It's been 151 years since the U.S.-Dakota War happened on Minnesota's plains. Hundreds died and most Dakota were exiled from the state. Descendents of people on both sides of the conflict are still coping with the aftermath. Now, that state history is getting a place on the national stage. An exhibit created by the Nicollet County Historical Society and students at Gustavus Adolphus College will be shown at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. It's called "Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862." MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ben Leonard, the executive director of the Nicollet County Historical Society. He helped teach the class that created the exhibit.
"The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862" exhibit to be displayed at the Smithsonian
Arts & Culture ST. PAUL, Minn. ·