Dakota County Historical Society

Dakota County Historical Society Collecting, preserving, presenting and promoting the history of Dakota County, MN.
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The Dakota County Historical Society is an organization dedicated to serving county residents and visitors through unique programming and an ever-changing schedule of events. DCHS operates both the Lawshe Memorial Museum in South St .Paul and the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings. For more information on both sites or to find out more about upcoming events, please visit our website www.dakotahistory.org.

Mission: Preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.

In our completely unbiased opinion, this is true!We always thought people were so happy because they get to see our staf...
10/11/2018
American Alliance of Museums

In our completely unbiased opinion, this is true!

We always thought people were so happy because they get to see our staff when they come into our historic sites. However, this does explain it a little more!

DID YOU KNOW THAT: Research has shown that visiting museums is positively associated with higher levels of happiness 😀

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Thank you to the 130+ students that made a trip to the Lawshe Museum today in South St. Paul.We were able to share our O...
09/28/2018

Thank you to the 130+ students that made a trip to the Lawshe Museum today in South St. Paul.

We were able to share our Old Town exhibit with them, so they could see early buildings and businesses, followed by our World War I exhibit.

It's pretty safe to say, the trench was a favorite on their tour of the museum.

It was Community Helper Day at the South St. Paul City Hall today. Over 130 first graders from Lincoln Center had the opportunity to tour 6 different departments. Mayor Francis welcomed the students and talked to them about what makes a good citizen. The students broke up into small groups and toured the Police, Fire, Engineering, SSP Public Library, Public Works and the Dakota County Historical Society areas. When asked what their favorite spot was, They said "All of them!"

Thanks to the City and Museum staff for conducting awesome tours of their departments and the students, school staff and parent volunteers for bringing the students to City Hall for the tour. Thanks first graders, you were great!

On Saturday, September 22nd, DCHS staff and board hosted our Volunteer Appreciation Event. We boarded a bus and took a g...
09/27/2018

On Saturday, September 22nd, DCHS staff and board hosted our Volunteer Appreciation Event.

We boarded a bus and took a guided tour of Dakota County’s historic points of interest. We started at the Swing Bridge in Inver Grove Heights, travelled south and made stops in New Trier, Nininger, the dam in Hastings and many more!

We finished by eating food from local businesses that had generously supported is over the past year.

A special thank you to Mark Kaliszewski for the amazing tour and information provided.

Exciting news from the LeDuc Estate.We have sold out all but the 9 p.m. "Candlelit Tour" for Saturday, October 20th. If ...
09/27/2018
LeDuc Historic Estate

Exciting news from the LeDuc Estate.

We have sold out all but the 9 p.m. "Candlelit Tour" for Saturday, October 20th. If you are interested in attending, the spots are (literally) filling up quick.

Follow the link to register for one of the last remaining spots.

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

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

Sixty years ago, a family in the Inver Grove township experienced a ball of fire come crashing out of the sky to land on...
09/19/2018

Sixty years ago, a family in the Inver Grove township experienced a ball of fire come crashing out of the sky to land on their property.

You can read more about it here in a DCHS Over The Year’s publication.

The full publication is available for purchase online (www.dakotahistory.org) or at the Lawshe Memorial Museum in South St. Paul.

09/13/2018
LeDuc Historic Estate

Here's a great clip of Civil War Weekend - 2018.

If you missed this year's event, keep an eye out for next year's dates.

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.

On September 9, 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes became the first president to visit Minnesota. While here, he attend...
09/07/2018
LeDuc Historic Estate

On September 9, 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes became the first president to visit Minnesota. While here, he attended a luncheon at the LeDuc Estate.

You can now register to attend a Hayes Commemoration Luncheon on Saturday, September 15th. Eat a meal similar to what Hayes had while on his visit to everyone’s favorite historic house.

Come to the LeDuc for a Tea to commemorate the 140th anniversary of President Hayes' Sept 9th, 1878 visit to the LeDuc home for lunch during his Midwest tour. We will be serving a menu comparable to what was eaten on that day.
Call or follow the link to register online. **You must pay at the time of reservation to reserve a spot.**

A reminder that this raffle drawing ends on Sunday, September 9th. Stop by the LeDuc Estate to purchase your raffle tick...
09/05/2018

A reminder that this raffle drawing ends on Sunday, September 9th. Stop by the LeDuc Estate to purchase your raffle ticket.

Are you looking for a new house?

This LeDuc House replica is available for raffle. $5 per ticket at the LeDuc Estate. Raffle ends September 10th.

If you’re too young to have seen the Gopher Ordnance, or don’t remember what it looked like, nows your chance. Stop ...
08/24/2018

If you’re too young to have seen the Gopher Ordnance, or don’t remember what it looked like, nows your chance.

Stop by the Lawshe Memorial Museum (130 3rd Ave - South St. Paul) to see this amazing diorama. Doors open at 5:30 and presentation starts at 6.

We're hiring for Site Supervisor at the Sibley Historic Site. Follow the link for more information.
08/24/2018
Employment

We're hiring for Site Supervisor at the Sibley Historic Site.

Follow the link for more information.

Dakota County Historical Society

Are you looking for a new house?This LeDuc House replica is available for raffle. $5 per ticket at the LeDuc Estate. Raf...
08/22/2018

Are you looking for a new house?

This LeDuc House replica is available for raffle. $5 per ticket at the LeDuc Estate. Raffle ends September 10th.

08/18/2018

Thank you to everyone that attended today’s Genealogy & History Fair. We had a great turnout and had a lot of positive feedback.

We’re looking forward to more genealogy programming next month!

The vendors are set and the doors are open. Stop by to learn more about the research services available to you. The firs...
08/18/2018

The vendors are set and the doors are open. Stop by to learn more about the research services available to you.

The first presentation starts at 10:00 and will help you learn what you need to start your research. Information will be valuable to both beginning researchers, as well as more advanced.

The only missing pieces for tomorrow's Genealogy & History Fair are the vendors and you!Stop by tomorrow (Saturday, Augu...
08/17/2018

The only missing pieces for tomorrow's Genealogy & History Fair are the vendors and you!

Stop by tomorrow (Saturday, August 18th) between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. to talk with local historical societies and businesses about how they can help you with your research.

There will also be three breakout sessions that include a variety of presentations to assist with your research.

08/16/2018
Dakota County 'Blast Walls' Have Unique History From World War II

We shared this video once before, but wanted to share it again. Join us for a special presentation on the Gopher Ordnance Works at the Lawshe Memorial Museum (130 3rd Ave N - South St. Paul) on Friday, August 24th.

Attendees can arrive at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Members of the Rosemount Area Historical Society will present on this fascinating history.

Did we also mention there will be a (VERY LARGE) scale model of the site for viewing?

Gigantic concrete structures along a Twin Cities county road grab drivers' attention. WCCO discovered they are a piece of the state's history from World War ...

Great News!We were awarded a Veterans' Voices Legacy Grant to host two book discussions in partnership with the South St...
08/10/2018
MHC Announces Nine Veterans' Voices Legacy Grantees | Minnesota Humanities Center

Great News!

We were awarded a Veterans' Voices Legacy Grant to host two book discussions in partnership with the South St. Paul Public Library and a Veterans Day Event in partnership with the South St. Paul VFW.

Stay tuned for more information on those events!

The Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) is excited to announce that we have awarded nine Veterans’ Voices Legacy Grants to organizations who seek to celebrate/commemorate Veterans’ Day and/or Veterans’ Voices Month (October) by engaging communities with projects or programs to bridge the Veteran...

08/09/2018

The Chautauqua in Dakota City Heritage Village.

We are at the Fair all week in the Bank Building, so you can find us there. You can also us at the Chautauqua right outs...
08/09/2018

We are at the Fair all week in the Bank Building, so you can find us there.

You can also us at the Chautauqua right outside of Ahlberg Hall. Stop by for the performances and say hi!

Check out our newest member at the LeDuc Historic Estate. We have two new baby chicks, only one pictured, that hatched t...
08/07/2018

Check out our newest member at the LeDuc Historic Estate.

We have two new baby chicks, only one pictured, that hatched this morning and a few more on their way soon.

We’ve had something “brooding” for a few weeks and we are very excited to announce that our first chick has hatched!!

We are at the Dakota County Fair this week!Stop by Dakota City Heritage Village’s Bank Building to say hello to our vo...
08/07/2018

We are at the Dakota County Fair this week!

Stop by Dakota City Heritage Village’s Bank Building to say hello to our volunteers and staff.

Once you’re done there, visit Ahlberg Hall and take a look at our World War I exhibit!

Staff will be at the Minnesota Field Trip Expo at Target Field today. If you will be attending, stop by and say hi!
08/06/2018

Staff will be at the Minnesota Field Trip Expo at Target Field today. If you will be attending, stop by and say hi!

Here’s a great article about our upcoming Genealogy and History Fair on Saturday, August 18.
08/02/2018
Dakota County Historical Society to host genealogy and history fair

Here’s a great article about our upcoming Genealogy and History Fair on Saturday, August 18.

The Dakota County Historical Society will host a Genealogy & History Fair from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Lawshe Memorial Museum, 130 3rd Ave. N., South St.

Here's the latest edition of the South St. Paul Voice. There is some amazing Dakota County history included!Check out th...
08/02/2018
South St. Paul Voice August 2018

Here's the latest edition of the South St. Paul Voice. There is some amazing Dakota County history included!

Check out the article about the first women in the country to vote after it was made legal nationwide, which took place in South St. Paul.

There's even a shout out to our amazing staff in the article.

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07/22/2018
Sibley Historic Site

Fur Trade Weekend is ready with reeanctors, Tours and presentations throughout the day.

We are ready for Day 2 of Fur Trade Weekend. Stop by the site between 12-5 today!

07/21/2018
LeDuc Historic Estate

We were just Live from the #LeDucHistoricEstate for the Putt ‘N Thru History fundraiser.

Now we’re on our way to be Live from the #SibleyHistoricSite for Fur Trade Weekend.

We are live at LeDuc during Rivertown Days for our Putt ‘N Thru History!

$5 for mini golf and tours all day. Some amazing silent auction prizes, too!

Great picture of what you can expect tomorrow during Fur Trade Weekend.  Everything begins at 12 pm (Noon).
07/21/2018

Great picture of what you can expect tomorrow during Fur Trade Weekend.

Everything begins at 12 pm (Noon).

There are many events happening around the metro this weekend, but we hope you choose us!

Fur Trade Weekend is almost here and we have lots of fun planned throughout the site.

Tours this weekend will include the upstairs of the Sibley home which is done just once a year, don't miss it!

Saturday will feature the Faribault House basement which is also done just once a year.

Sunday we have time period music featured, as well as local food truck "No Buns About It".

Admission Includes: A Sibley house tour, demonstrations and conversation with Fur Trade reenactors, presentations given by local historians, Kids crafts and a scavenger hunt with a prize.

We hope to see you there!

07/16/2018

For Amazon Prime Day, make sure you set DCHS as your chosen account for Amazon Smile. A portion of all your purchases will then be donated to DCHS.

Happy shopping!

Mini golf is ready to go at Sibley!!
07/14/2018

Mini golf is ready to go at Sibley!!

Our golf course has arrived! Come by between 12 and 4 for a round of mini golf plus a house tour for just $5!!

Members get their tours for free still :)

We’re getting ready for the game to start at 10. Come out and enjoy brats, hot dogs and silent auction prizes.
07/14/2018

We’re getting ready for the game to start at 10. Come out and enjoy brats, hot dogs and silent auction prizes.

07/14/2018

Today’s the day! Come out and enjoy these history events with DCHS!

10am-1pm is vintage Base ball at Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington

12pm-4:30pm is Putt’N Thru History at the Sibley Historic Site in Mendota.

On Thursday evening, the DCHS Board of Trustees had the opportunity to take a tour of Hastings City Hall before starting...
07/13/2018

On Thursday evening, the DCHS Board of Trustees had the opportunity to take a tour of Hastings City Hall before starting the board meeting.

We want to thank Cindy Thury Smith for the amazing tour of City Hall and the Pioneer Room, as well as Mayor Paul Hicks for arranging this opportunity.

If you have not had a chance to visit City Hall and the Pioneer Room, take some time to do so!

Great news for the LeDuc Estate!Stop by for a tour and to see the work being done to the house.
07/12/2018

Great news for the LeDuc Estate!

Stop by for a tour and to see the work being done to the house.

We’re getting a facelift!! A new roof for the House and the Ice House. But don’t worry we’re still open for tours!!
Thurs-Sun
10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, & 4:00

Take a look at some of the great donation items we received for Saturday's (July 14th) Vintage Base Ball games at Dakota...
07/06/2018

Take a look at some of the great donation items we received for Saturday's (July 14th) Vintage Base Ball games at Dakota City Heritage Village (10 am - 1 pm).

Prizes include:
Miesville Mudhens t-shirt, hat & 20 game ticket pack
St. Paul Saints (2) Reserve Outfield Tickets
Rich Valley Golf Club (4) 9-hole rounds of golf
Rosemount Chiropractic Clinic (2) $100 Gift Certificates
Family Fresh $50 Gift Card
Lakeville Family Bowl $50 Bowling Party
Minnesota Twins autographed Eddie Rosario Baseball
Emagine Theaters (2) Golden Ticket Passes
Minnesota Lynx (2) 100 Level Tickets vs. Seattle Storm
Minnesota Vikings Autograph Ben Gedeon Mini Helmet & Cris Carter Hall of Fame Coin

We also received financial donations from Dakota Electric Association and Family Vision Clinic of Farmington.

Look what arrived just in time for our vintage Base ball games this weekend (July 14th).
07/05/2018

Look what arrived just in time for our vintage Base ball games this weekend (July 14th).

06/25/2018
Sibley Historic Site

Here’s a short video of this evening’s Rendezvous event at the Sibley Site.

Check out the rest of their page for more videos and images.

06/21/2018

Today's Young Curators event has been cancelled due to a power outage at the Lawshe Memorial Museum.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but thank you for your understanding.

The power is back on, but in a limited capacity. You are still welcome to stop by the museum to conduct some research and see the exhibits!

Between now (Monday, June 18th) and July, we have a lot of great events taking place at our three historic sites. Period...
06/18/2018
Friends of the Sibley Historic Site

Between now (Monday, June 18th) and July, we have a lot of great events taking place at our three historic sites. Periodically, we will share the many great sponsors that are helping us share Dakota County's amazing history!

The Friends of the Sibley Historic Site was organized in 1991 "to advance and promote the Site..." The Friends have helped support the site extensively since we took over operations, including the upcoming Rendezvous event!

The Rendezvous for the Fete will take place on June 24th from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. and the Friends are helping make this event happen!

Learn about Henry Sibley Minnesota's first governor

We have some great sponsors for the upcoming Vintage Base Ball game on Saturday, July 14th!Be sure to thank each of thes...
06/14/2018

We have some great sponsors for the upcoming Vintage Base Ball game on Saturday, July 14th!

Be sure to thank each of these sponsors for supporting our event! Many of the donations made toward this event will be used in the Silent Auction!

There is still time to register for tonight’s Mendota After Hours!Join us at the Sibley Historic Site to year about th...
06/08/2018
June 8 - Mendota After Hours: D.A.R. at Sibley

There is still time to register for tonight’s Mendota After Hours!

Join us at the Sibley Historic Site to year about the great work of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Sibley Site and statewide.

Dakota County Historical Society

Check out this piece on the Miesville Mudhens and Town Ball.Dakota County has a great history of baseball! Did you know ...
06/07/2018
Minnesota Town Ball: Miesville Mudhens are everything great about amateur baseball

Check out this piece on the Miesville Mudhens and Town Ball.

Dakota County has a great history of baseball! Did you know the first (supposed) baseball game took place in Dakota County in 1857 at Nininger?

While this is believed to have been a ploy by Ignatius Donnelly to get people to settle the area, there is verified documentation that Vermillion, also located in Dakota County, played the first recorded game in 1867 versus the North Star Club of St. Paul.

If you'd like to see baseball played by the rules of 1860, come to Dakota City Heritage Village on Saturday, July 14th for two vintage base ball matches!

Nothing signals summer in Minnesota quite like the start of Town Ball, the conglomeration of amateur baseball leagues that often become the pride and joy of small towns from International Falls to Albert Lea and almost everywhere in between. 

Thank you to Blondo Consulting and all the volunteers that came to help with the Archaeology Field Day today!
05/19/2018

Thank you to Blondo Consulting and all the volunteers that came to help with the Archaeology Field Day today!

05/19/2018

Public Archaeology Dig

As we prepare for the start of the tour season, we have an exciting new opportunity!We now offer Dual Site Admission Tic...
05/17/2018

As we prepare for the start of the tour season, we have an exciting new opportunity!

We now offer Dual Site Admission Tickets.

When you purchase your admission to the LeDuc Estate / Sibley Site, for a few dollars more you can purchase a dual ticket that will also give you admission to the other site.

Once purchased, you can use the ticket for admission to one site, then take the same ticket to the other site and receive admission there!

Dual Site Admission Tickets are available at all three of our sites, but only can be redeemed for Sibley and LeDuc tours.

Address

130 3rd Ave N
South Saint Paul, MN
55075

Opening Hours

Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(651) 552-7548

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