LeDuc Historic Estate

LeDuc Historic Estate The LeDuc Historic Estate is a house museum and part of the Dakota County Historical Society. This Gothic Revival was built between 1862 and 1866.

07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July Everyone! A friendly reminder that we will be closed today. Enjoy your holiday, and stay safe!! 🎆🎇🇺🇸

We will be open the rest of the weekend.

Do you love history? We have a new job posting at the Sibley Site!The Dakota County Historical Society is hiring for a S...
07/01/2019
Employment

Do you love history? We have a new job posting at the Sibley Site!

The Dakota County Historical Society is hiring for a Site Supervisor at the Sibley Historic Site and the deadline to apply is Monday, July 15th!

Click the link for more information.

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If you’ve taken a tour with us, then you’ve likely walked through this porch door. Beautifully paneled and original ...
06/30/2019

If you’ve taken a tour with us, then you’ve likely walked through this porch door. Beautifully paneled and original to the house the wood is about 2 1/2 inches thick. Our “Then” picture, circa 1912, shows the door with a chair next to it, the door knob off to the side of the door, and a center knob. A center knob, unlike your standard door knob, was usually just on one side of the door and was used for pulling the door shut or pushing it open. We’re unclear on when the center knob was removed from our door, but you can still see where it used to be attached. Come see it for yourself!

Mark your calendars! We have LeDuc chicks hatching in about 3 weeks!! Here are the mommies to be! Thank you to Miranda S...
06/24/2019

Mark your calendars! We have LeDuc chicks hatching in about 3 weeks!! Here are the mommies to be! Thank you to Miranda Sieh for providing us with the fertilized eggs again this year!

This collection of photos show a progression of the south porch from 1915 to 1987, to the way that it looks today. It lo...
06/22/2019

This collection of photos show a progression of the south porch from 1915 to 1987, to the way that it looks today. It looks a little different without the balustrade and the greenery through the arches but it’s still a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the estate’s southern elevation. It is estimated that the porch may have been rebuilt around 1915. At this time a concrete slab was poured, the balustrade removed, and the base of the posts altered - first being replaced with concrete bases. @ Hastings, Minnesota

The second floor hallway from the landing. How wonderful was that wallpaper? How much fun do you think they had sliding ...
06/14/2019

The second floor hallway from the landing. How wonderful was that wallpaper? How much fun do you think they had sliding down this banister? @ Hastings, Minnesota

06/08/2019

The house will be closed today for the 4 o’clock tour. If you know Spencer Johnson, stop by for his retirement party on the grounds!

The ivy is gone and instead of friends out front we have some trees and shrubs, but the house is still just as beautiful...
06/07/2019

The ivy is gone and instead of friends out front we have some trees and shrubs, but the house is still just as beautiful!
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#thenandnow #leduchistoricestate #leduc #alicesphotos #visithastingsmn #hastingsmn #dchs #ivycoveredwalls #oldandnew #photomatching #hastingsnow @ Hastings, Minnesota

Bringing you a Sunday Sneak peak behind the scenes! The view from inside the cupola atop our carriage barn on this beaut...
06/02/2019

Bringing you a Sunday Sneak peak behind the scenes! The view from inside the cupola atop our carriage barn on this beautiful sunny day!

A view from the porch in the 1930’s and today. Still a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the weather, or even wait for ...
05/31/2019

A view from the porch in the 1930’s and today. Still a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the weather, or even wait for a tour!

Look for more "Then and Now" posts every Thursday all season long!

You can also follow us on Instagram: @leduc_dchistory

A picture of our front door from Alice LeDuc’s photo album winter circa 1914 and one of our door from last week. Look ...
05/22/2019

A picture of our front door from Alice LeDuc’s photo album winter circa 1914 and one of our door from last week.

Look for more "Then and Now" posts every Thursday all season long!

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05/21/2019
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We are just a few days away!

Thank you to the Hastings Star-Gazette for helping to spread word of this amazing opportunity.

05/19/2019

The house will be closed for the rest of the afternoon for a private rental (Sunday 5/19). We hope you have great rest of your day!

New sign, same great site! We’re open for the season! Stop by for a tour Thursday - Sunday, we’d love to have you!
05/16/2019

New sign, same great site! We’re open for the season! Stop by for a tour Thursday - Sunday, we’d love to have you!

05/08/2019
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Help us say goodbye to Maureen Bouchard as she enters her retirement from DCHS on Friday, May 10th at the Lawshe Museum in South St. Paul!

An open house gathering will take place from 4 - 6 p.m.

We are happy (and sad) to announce that after 16+ years with the organization, Maureen Bouchard will retire from DCHS and her role as Office Manager.

Maureen has been involved with the organization for more than 20 years, serving as a board member and as staff.

You are invited to help us say goodbye from her role as a staff member (she'll still volunteer) on Friday, May 10th from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Lawshe Museum (130 3rd Avenue N - South St. Paul).

The Dakota County Historical Society has some exciting news!Over Memorial Day Weekend, staff will be here at the LeDuc H...
04/05/2019
May 24 - 27 - WWI: Minnesota During the Great War at Mall of America

The Dakota County Historical Society has some exciting news!

Over Memorial Day Weekend, staff will be here at the LeDuc Historic Estate giving tours...while also at the Mall of America!

Make your plans now to visit both locations to learn about the Civil War and the LeDuc family, as well as Minnesota WWI history!

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A neat post by the Friends of the LeDuc and Historic Hastings about the Hastings Needlework Company started by sisters, ...
03/22/2019

A neat post by the Friends of the LeDuc and Historic Hastings about the Hastings Needlework Company started by sisters, Florence and Alice LeDuc.

Women ahead of their time…

Embroidery was among the forms of art that well-bred women of the 19th century were expected to master and following Florence LeDuc’s return from New York City while visiting her sister Mary and her family, an idea formed, “We must not do anything other people are doing…we must do something entirely different.” – Thus was born one of the first cottage industries in Hastings.

Hastings Needle Work, operating from 1888–1922, was the collaborative effort of sisters Florence Gray LeDuc (1855-1929) and Alice Sumner LeDuc (1868-1962), operating out of their home on Vermillion Street. Initially creating commissioned pieces for clients at the top of the social register, as their business grew and their reputation reached Chicago and beyond, additional hands were brought in to help with production.

But, it was Alice, who became the main designer, creating most of the company’s designs. As noted in the October 1903 issue of The House Beautiful, “From its first modest beginning, each piece has been the expression of an original conception. When a special order is filled, the design used is not duplicated . . . [creating] a limited edition of any one design. . . . [their designs] are unlike anything that has been done, or is being done in embroidery. Instead of the typical repeating procession of flowers or vines, subjects appear as a study in a single variety, or as elaborating accessories for such themes as dragons, griffins, nymphs, quaint birds, that suggest a great deal more than they are, hinting in pose and expression something of unrevealed interest in bird-life. . . .geometric combinations, graceful and striking, and reproductions and adaptions of Indian designs.”

Over 2,000 embroideries were produced during their 34 years in business, and since permanent labels were not used on their products, only five pieces (donated by the LeDuc family to the MN Historical Society) are currently known to exist.

One wonders what family heirlooms, lovingly protected and kept, exist in someone’s attic or hope chest.

Photos: Florence at age 30 in 1885, Alice (on the left) with niece Edith, in 1894, and a design sample.

03/08/2019
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Find out how you can help preserve the history of World War One soldiers from Dakota County.

The Dakota County Historical Society is currently hiring to fill one (1) Site Educator position.This person will provide...
03/05/2019
Dakota County Historical Society

The Dakota County Historical Society is currently hiring to fill one (1) Site Educator position.

This person will provide tours and interact with visitors to both the LeDuc Historic Estate and Sibley Historic Site.

Deadline to apply is March 22, 2019.

Do you love sharing history?

We are currently hiring for one Site Educator that will work between the LeDuc Historic Estate and Sibley Historic Site.

For more information on the position and how to apply, follow the link! Deadline to apply is March 22, 2019.

Hello friends! We have two roosters who need a new home, they’re beautiful boys who are just 6 months old this week, t...
02/27/2019

Hello friends! We have two roosters who need a new home, they’re beautiful boys who are just 6 months old this week, they’re from our 5 August hatchlings. They can’t stay with us anymore because they have started to crow and talk loudly quite often. Contact Mariah Ring, the Site Supervisor, if you’re interested at 651-438-8480 or [email protected]

02/20/2019
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Dakota County Historical Society

Due to the weather today, all DCHS sites will be closed today (Wednesday, February 20, 2019).

We hope you all enjoy the snow and stay safe!

A couple photos from the Freeform Weaving class through Community Ed today. We had a fun time hosting them! They weaves ...
02/20/2019

A couple photos from the Freeform Weaving class through Community Ed today. We had a fun time hosting them! They weaves yarn, string, beads, trinkets, and other things into looms made from branches.

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Community Ed is hosting an art class at the LeDuc on Feb 19th! There are still a few spots left! So register today for a...
02/14/2019
Creative Freeform Weaving

Community Ed is hosting an art class at the LeDuc on Feb 19th! There are still a few spots left! So register today for a fun weaving class hosted in our historic estate!
You can register by following this link: https://hastings.ce.eleyo.com/course/7489/winter-2019/creative-freeform-weaving

Two hours of fun, laughter and creativity! Weave a small wall hanging on a twig frame provided and ready for you to creatively weave. Learn how to build a frame and how to weave on a handmade loom. All materials provided but if you have some yarn, fabric, beads, threads or other fun mediums you want...

02/01/2019

If you have had trouble calling us over the last few days, we truly apologize! We were getting new phones. Everything is back in working order, thank you for your patience!

A fun post by MNHS showing a picture of a painting by our very own Alice LeDuc.
01/28/2019

A fun post by MNHS showing a picture of a painting by our very own Alice LeDuc.

Thinking of warm summer days on this frigid cold Monday. Pictured below is an oil painting by Artist Alice Sumner LeDuc, painted in 1905. #HistoryMoodMonday

We have an exciting internship opportunity available at the Dakota County Historical Society. If you know someone that m...
12/12/2018
Employment

We have an exciting internship opportunity available at the Dakota County Historical Society. If you know someone that might be interested, please click the link for more information.

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Here is an amazing local connection to former President, George H.W. Bush.
12/03/2018

Here is an amazing local connection to former President, George H.W. Bush.

On November 30, 2018, George H.W. Bush passed away.

Bush was sworn in as the 41st President of the United States on January 20, 1989. Prior to serving as President, he served as a Navy pilot with ties to Dakota County.

While training at the age of 18, Bush was a V-5 and spent time at Fleming Field in South St. Paul. In his first Navy flight on November 10, 1942 in a NK-1 (Spartan), he flew over parts of Mendota, Eagan, Lebanon and Burnsville Townships.

The information and images provided originally appeared in "Over the Years," a DCHS publication. Included is a young George H.W. Bush and flight log from his time here.

When visiting the LeDuc Estate, a favorite activity is to stop by the chickens.These chickens are part of a living exhib...
11/15/2018
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When visiting the LeDuc Estate, a favorite activity is to stop by the chickens.

These chickens are part of a living exhibit we host at the site and have meaning to the history of the LeDuc family. Through these chickens, and other parts of our grounds, we provide outdoor exhibits as one more way for people to interact with history.

If you enjoy these chickens, or just the LeDuc Estate in general, please consider choosing us for your contribution during #GiveToTheMaxDay!

To donate visit (https://www.givemn.org), or (www.dakotahistory.org/donate-now).

Here is one way you can donate to us during Give to the Max Day!
11/15/2018
Dakota County Historical Society

Here is one way you can donate to us during Give to the Max Day!

Are you ready to contribute to our organization, but can’t remember how?

Visit our GiveMN page to donate!

Tomorrow is Give to the Max Day!Consider choosing DCHS and the LeDuc as your choice for charitable giving. We will share...
11/15/2018
Dakota County Historical Society

Tomorrow is Give to the Max Day!

Consider choosing DCHS and the LeDuc as your choice for charitable giving. We will share throughout the day what we have accomplished as an organization, across all of our sites!

Stay tuned and get ready to be amazed at what we have accomplished.

Thursday, November 15th is Give to the Max Day!

This day is designed for people to provide charitable contributions to their favorite Minnesota nonprofits on one specific day!

To give, you can find us on givemn.org, or visit our website and donate directly to our organization (https://www.dakotahistory.org/donate-now).

Did you miss us on Twin Cities Live?Check out what they found while visiting the LeDuc!
10/31/2018
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Did you miss us on Twin Cities Live?

Check out what they found while visiting the LeDuc!

Every year right around Halloween, we like to send Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson out to get spooked. She and psychic and medium Jodi Livon have connected with spirits at Landmark Center, the Saint James Hotel in Red Wing and most recently the Ordway in downtown Saint Paul. They're all place...

The LeDuc is going to be featured on Twin Cities Live today! Check it out at 3 pm!
10/30/2018
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The LeDuc is going to be featured on Twin Cities Live today! Check it out at 3 pm!

Every year right around Halloween, we like to send Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson out to get spooked. She and psychic and medium Jodi Livon have connected with spirits at Landmark Center, the Saint James Hotel in Red Wing and most recently the Ordway in downtown Saint Paul. They're all place...

10/26/2018
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Keep an eye out for some great children’s programming opportunities coming in 2019!

Today staff attended a grant award ceremony for the Union Pacific Railroad Foundation. We will use these funds to create children’s programming opportunities at each of our sites.

We are excited to host the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums House Museum Workshop today. #mnhistoryalliance #...
10/25/2018

We are excited to host the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums House Museum Workshop today. #mnhistoryalliance #mnhousemuseums #visithastingsmn

LeDuc Historic Estate staff Mariah Ring welcoming folks to the house museum workshop. #mnhousemuseums #mnhistoryalliance #visithastingsmn

What more could you want on a beautiful fall day then to take a tour with us? It’s our last day of tour season! Come s...
10/21/2018

What more could you want on a beautiful fall day then to take a tour with us? It’s our last day of tour season! Come see us for tours at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00!!

10/03/2018

***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT***

Have you ever wanted to go on a paranormal investigation of the LeDuc Historic Estate? Now is your chance to win an opportunity to go on an investigation of the house with the Dakota County Paranormal Society.

Stop by the LeDuc Estate during normal operating hours, or by appointment, to purchase a $5 raffle ticket. There will be three winning tickets drawn, good for you and one (1) guest to attend a private paranormal investigation of the LeDuc Estate.

The raffle drawing will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 12 p.m. (Noon). Winners need not be present to win.

The winners of the drawing will also be guaranteed a seat at a special presentation on Saturday, November 17th, where the Dakota County Paranormal Society will present on their findings from the investigation.

Due to the overwhelming response to our Candlelit Tours (THANK YOU!!!), we have worked out a way to bring another day of...
10/02/2018
Oct 21 - Candlelit Tours at LeDuc

Due to the overwhelming response to our Candlelit Tours (THANK YOU!!!), we have worked out a way to bring another day of them to you!

Registration is now open for Candlelit Tours on Sunday, October 21st. Tour options are: 7 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm, 8:30 pm.

To reserve your spot, follow the link below. Tours once again will be capped at 15 people per tour.

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BREAKING NEWS: We have been overwhelmed with your reservations for the upcoming Candlelit Tours on Saturday, October 20t...
09/27/2018
Oct 20 - Candlelit Tours at LeDuc

BREAKING NEWS:
We have been overwhelmed with your reservations for the upcoming Candlelit Tours on Saturday, October 20th!

Due to this, we have SOLD OUT (and oversold) all of the tours EXCEPT the 9 p.m. tour. The 9 p.m. tour is the only time still taking reservations.

We are working to determine how we can accommodate more guests per tour and more tours. We will keep you all posted as these decisions are made.

If you have suggestions, please feel free to share them! We want to make these tours accessible to as many people as possible, so please share.

09/20/2018
Dakota County Historical Society

If you planned to attend tonight's Genealogy Presentation at the DCHS Lawshe Memorial Museum, please note the event has been cancelled.

Please note, tonight's Genealogy Presentation has been cancelled. We will reschedule the presentation and post on here when that has been determined!

Thank you to the Hastings Star Gazette for this excellent coverage of Civil War Weekend!
09/14/2018
Watch: Civil War Weekend brings guests to the past

Thank you to the Hastings Star Gazette for this excellent coverage of Civil War Weekend!

The LeDuc Historic Estate travelled back in time Sept. 8 and 9 for Civil War Weekend put on by the Dakota County Historical Society.Community members enjoyed a variety of events and hands-on activities from medical demonstrations to doll making and daily readings of the Gettysburg Address.Due to an....

09/13/2018
Civil War America

Did you miss Civil War Weekend at the Leduc Estate??

Here's a glimpse into what you missed...and what you can look forward to next year!

Thank you to Rock Show Media for the amazing video clip.

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Thank you to all of the volunteers and reenactors that helped make Civil War Weekend a success!Pictured are General LeDu...
09/11/2018

Thank you to all of the volunteers and reenactors that helped make Civil War Weekend a success!

Pictured are General LeDuc and President Hayes. Pres. Hayes made a special visit to Hastings 140 years ago and made a special appearance during Civil War Weekend.

Hayes served in the Civil War and was an acquaintance of William LeDuc prior to naming him Commissioner of Agriculture (1878).

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1629 Vermillion St
Hastings, MN
55033-3139

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Open for guided tours mid-May through October as well as special events throughout the year.

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(651) 438-8480

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