On August 18, 1862, Dakota from the Lower Sioux Agency attacked settlers throughout southwest Minnesota, starting a war that lasted six weeks. The exhibit Never Shall I Forget summarizes the history of the war, and remembers both the victims and the survivors.
New additions to the exhibit include information on the history of the Dakota people before and after the events of 1862. BCHS has installed a simulated Dakota bark lodge next to a model tipi to show the different types of homes the Dakota lived in. Other new information includes content on the military’s response to the war after 1862. In response to the Dakota’s attacks, fortifications and military outposts were erected across Minnesota, including several in Brown County. The exhibit will also be brought to life with the addition of mannequins wearing reproductions of historic clothing.
The exhibit ends with a look at the Depredation Claims filed after the war. The Depredation Claims were claims for property damaged by the Dakota. In 1863 alone, almost 3000 claims were filed for more than $2.4 million in damages. Several sample claims will be on display for visitors to examine.
The updated exhibit will also feature new artworks and a new interactive element showing depredation claims filed after the war.