The 150th Anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War was commemorated in New Ulm last week with a well planned, well organized, thoughtful and educational series of events and programs.
The speakers were scholarly, but not boring. The tours were well planned, and benefitted from pleasant weather all week. The variety of topics and events focused heavily on the causes of the war as well as the battles and victims, being respectful to both sides. There were events that evidenced a wish for reconciliation and understanding, rather than recriminations.
Pulling all of this together and making it run without a hitch was a monumental job, one that involved several different groups, from the Brown County Historical Society Museum to the Chamber of Commerce to the New Ulm Actors Community Theater to the Wanda Gag House Association to Turner Hall to the Junior Pioneers. Overseeing all of it was the Steering Committee for the 150th Anniversary Commemoration.
Congratulations are in order for all involved, from the local historians who added to the volumes written about the war to the volunteers who helped stage all the events, to the various venues who hosted the events. It was a big job, and a job well done.