The Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association (WLBPA) has announced plans for its seventh annual symposium at the Granite Falls Kilowatt Center. The symposium is being held Sept. 22 starting at 9 am.
The morning program features two speakers, each telling the story of their ancestor’s experience during the U.S.-Dakota War.
Dr. Elden Lawrence is going to talk about his Dakota great-great grandfather, Lorenzo, who rescued more than 30 people during the war, and Laurie Ottman is going to talk about her great-great grandmother, Madeline Robideaux, who was led to safety by Lorenzo.
Following lunch, buses are going to take the group to the battle site for a dedication of the newly acquired 54 acre pasture land.
This addition, combined with the nearby monument site, is going to provide public access for a more complete interpretation of where much of the battle occurred.
Property owners Muriel and John Coulter, Sen. Lyle Koenen, Rep. Dean Urdahl and Minnesota Historical Society Deputy Director, Pat Gaarder are going to be among those taking part in the dedication. Following the program there is going to be an opportunity to visit four interpretive stations on the battlefield site.
Total walking distance to visit all of the stations is approximately five-eighths of a mile on cut grass trails.
The day is going to end with a brief ceremony at the monument site and the bus ride back to the Kilowatt Center. The cost for the day is $35 for adults and $20 for students. This fee includes morning treats, lunch and the bus trip.
Registration forms can be found on the WLBPA Web site at www.woodlakebattle-field.com, Registration deadline is Sept 17. For more information, call (507) 280-9970.