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Scenic Byway Alliance adds history panels

Mobile tour is toll-free call

July 7, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - History buffs and anyone else wanting to learn more about the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 should be interested to know several interpretive panels and a toll-free mobile tour are now available.

Funded by the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway through a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society's Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant, 10 new interpretive panels were added to Minnesota River Valley historical sites.

Panels in the New Ulm area were installed outside the Brown County Historical Society (BCHS) at Center and Broadway, New Ulm; near the former Cat 'n Fiddle along State Highway 68, southeast of New Ulm; and at the Milford Monument on County Road 29, north of Essig.

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Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway Alliance Member Terry Sveine looks at a new interpretive panel recently installed outside the Brown County Historical Museum by he and Ron Bolduan of New Ulm.

"We send people to see these sites, but now they can learn more about them on site thanks to these panels," said Terry Sveine of the New Ulm Convention and Tourism Bureau.

The panel just west of the BCHS features historical details about the Dakota attacks and defense of New Ulm and historically significant buildings at the time.

Other historical panels were placed in Camp Release near Montevideo, Vicksburg County Park, Renville County and in Henderson.

In addition, stories and reflections about historic sites along the Minnesota River Valley can be accessed by calling toll free 1-888-601-3010 from any location.

Highlights include descriptions of European immigrant life on the prairie and the legacy 1862 left in New Ulm, the Lower Sioux Agency, Birch Coulee Battlefield, Upper Sioux Agency, and Camp Release.

Sveine said a panel of the mobile tour will soon be added in the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce Office, and on Broadway by the Museum. More sites will be added and video footage will be coming to each of the sites in the near future, he added.

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