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Minn. Historical Society honors fallen soldiers


FORESTVILLE, Minn. (KTTC-DT) -- For many, Memorial Day is a day to remember and revere those who lost their lives serving our country. However, for patrons of the Minnesota Historical Society in Historic Forestville, simple reminiscence is a bit too impersonal.

The Historical Society will offer living history tours as part of their "South Forestville in Territorial Times" event Saturday, May 29 through Memorial Day, May 31. Simulating life in the 1850s and 1860s, staff members will revisit Minnesota's ties to the Civil War.

Historical Society site supervisor John Grabko says 25,000 of Minnesota's 170,000 residents volunteered their services to the Union in the Civil War; 10 percent never returned.

"We have a deep respect for America's past and the American dream," says Grabko. "They believed in the Union and the American dream we have taken for granted."

To honor the fallen Union soldiers, Historical Society staff will lead tours around Forestville to an 1864 Union recruiting camp and the one-room schoolhouse Union Captain Brown opened around the same time.

Grabko encourages visitors to share in the "valor and commitment" of the Civil War Days.

The Minnesota Historical Society is located on County Road 118 and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Horse-drawn neighborhood rides will be offered Saturday, May 29 only.

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