From last fall’s Thinking Minnesota, Kersten maps out the Minnesota Historical Society’s unfaithful retellings of multiple historical events, including the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.
A scandal is unfolding at one of Minnesota’s oldest, most venerable institutions. It’s the untold story of how a small, committed cadre of activists have commandeered MNHS’s resources and prestige to make it the vehicle of a destructive, self-serving political agenda.
A 2017 sculpture at the Walker Art Center depicted seven government-sanctioned hangings, including the infamous 38 in Mankato. It was scrapped after protests.
Lost in the shuffle is the true story of what happened in 1862. All participants in the current controversy take it as given that the hanging of 38 Sioux warriors was, somehow, an outrage. The truth is far different.
Tragedy deserves an honest retelling and remembrance. Share this page with anyone interested in learning something about our state history.