The Fog of War: Perceptions and Realities of the US Dakota Conflict of 1862


Local amateur historian Tim Madigan will talk about the United States Dakota Conflict at the Northfield Historical Society on October 18, at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the NHS current exhibit, 1862 Through Rice County’s Eyes. Before entering the field of city management, Mr. Madigan was formerly a high school history and social studies in Morton, MN, the site of the start of the conflict.  He taught a local history class, and became familiar with many of the sites and events of the Conflict. He has also lived in Mankato and Faribault, cities with close ties to the conflict.

The 150th anniversary of the US Dakota Conflict this year has created a renewed interest and dialogue about the United States’ single bloodiest event with Native Americans. In addition to the NHS exhibit, there is a major exhibit at the Minnesota Historical Society ( ) . The US Dakota Conflict was a defining event for the Dakota people and in the creation of the State of Minnesota.

NHS Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.