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Thank you for your interest in becoming a Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association (WLBPA) member.

We always welcome and appreciate new members who share our interest in Minnesota history and wish to help support the effort to preserve and honor this historic site, the last battle of the U.S./Dakota War of 1862.


How to become an association member:

  1. Print out the membership form or, if you prefer, put your name, address, phone and e-mail address on a separate sheet of paper
  2. Send your information along with a $10 donation ($5 donation for Students) to become a lifetime member. There are no yearly dues.
  3. Send to:
    WLBPA
    4210 57th Street NW
    Rochester, MN 55901

Wood Lake Battlefield - Minnesota

“Nations must sometimes fight several wars simultaneously, often not of their own free choosing. Sixteen months into the Civil War, another war erupted in Minnesota. The decisive Battle of Wood Lake ended that second war and restored peace to the Minnesota Frontier.

Wood Lake Battlefield thus endures as a critically important site in the history of Minnesota, the American Frontier, the Civil War, and the Unitied States.”

Richard J. Sommers
Assistant Director, U.S. Army Military History Institute

Wood Lake Battlefied - Minnesota

“In its 1993 report to Congress, the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission (CWSAC) determined that the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862-1864 was of National significance. Out of 10,500 evaluated national sites, two Minnesota sites, Ft. Ridgely and Wood Lake were included in the final list of 385. Because of the site integrity and the nationally significant events associated with the Civil War, western expansion and the government's Indian policy, I believe Wood Lake merits a high degree of interpretation and protection.

Because of the site integrity and the nationally significant events associated with the Civil War, western expansion and the government's Indian policy, I believe Wood Lake merits a high degree of interpretation and protection.”

Edwin C. Bearss
Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service, Member of CWSAC