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.

Check out the new sign, just in time for today’s tour season opening!
05/16/2019

Check out the new sign, just in time for today’s tour season opening!

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

We just got our brochures for our event at @mallofamerica over Memorial Day Weekend! Thanks, @thomsonreuters for the ass...
05/16/2019

We just got our brochures for our event at @mallofamerica over Memorial Day Weekend! Thanks, @thomsonreuters for the assistance.

05/15/2019

As we prepare to hit the road and travel to the Mall of America, the Lawshe Memorial Museum exhibit space will be closed Saturday, May 18th thru Tuesday, May 28th.

The research library will remain open until Thursday, May 23rd. It will close on Friday, May 24th and Saturday, May 25th.

Congratulations to Spencer Johnson on his upcoming retirement. He has been involved in many DCHS events, from Civil War ...
05/10/2019
Hastings history teacher retiring from classroom, but not from teaching

Congratulations to Spencer Johnson on his upcoming retirement.

He has been involved in many DCHS events, from Civil War Weekend at the LeDuc Estate to Fur Trade Weekend at the Sibley Site.

Spencer Johnson’s stories are like train cars — colorful, interesting, constantly moving and somehow all connected. The 61-year-old history teacher sat in the cafeteria of Hastings Middle Sch…

Check out this art camp opportunity at the Sibley Site.
05/09/2019
Sibley Historic Site

Check out this art camp opportunity at the Sibley Site.

Bring your child to the Sibley Historic Site in picturesque Mendota this summer. This day camp will feature a different artist and medium each day. June 11 features Bill Ersland, who will work with your children to build a foundation of drawing objects and nature. June 18 will feature David Geister, and June 25 will feature Joan West-Talbot. The day will begin at 10am with check-in and a brief presentation about the history of the St. Paul School of Fine Arts and its connection to the Sibley Site. For a break during the artistic instruction, there will be lunch. If you do not wish to pack a lunch, you can choose to pay a $10 fee to get a Subway boxed lunch for your child instead. This camp will cost $10 per day or $20 if you register your child for all three days. Call 651-452-1596 to register for all three days. Pre-registration is required for this event.

05/08/2019

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).

We have a nice crowd today for you Genealogy Workshop. Attendees are learning some basic genealogy tips, how to research...
04/27/2019

We have a nice crowd today for you Genealogy Workshop. Attendees are learning some basic genealogy tips, how to research WWI soldiers and how to scan and save photos to a flash drive, or external storage device.

04/26/2019
Dakota County Government

Did you know we have a connection to early history with the Mount Vernon Ladies Association?

Learn more here.

One of Dakota County’s most famous historical residents helped save a national landmark. Watch:
Dakota County Historical Society

Our staff had a great time over the last three days, exploring #redwingmn for #malhm2019!.Staff attended educational ses...
04/26/2019

Our staff had a great time over the last three days, exploring #redwingmn for #malhm2019!
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Staff attended educational sessions about new and continuing trends in public history and enjoyed evening activities at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing and the Goodhue County Historical Society. We are all even more excited to begin our 2019 tour season in just a few weeks now!

This week, our staff is attending #malhm2019 in #redwingmn .Last night included an evening at the Pottery Museum in Red ...
04/24/2019

This week, our staff is attending #malhm2019 in #redwingmn
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Last night included an evening at the Pottery Museum in Red Wing and this photo op. Today has consisted of attending many sessions about various aspects of local history in MN. Look out for more posts from our staff about the conference this week!

We are excited to share some Dakota County history today with the Minnesota Society of Mayflower Descendants.
04/13/2019

We are excited to share some Dakota County history today with the Minnesota Society of Mayflower Descendants.

04/11/2019

Due to the recent weather, the Lawshe Memorial Museum in South St. Paul will be closed today.

We will reopen under normal operating hours tomorrow, Friday, April 12th.

We are live with a MAJOR event announcement!Friday, May 24 thru Monday, May 27, DCHS is hitting the road and traveling t...
04/05/2019
May 24 - 27 - WWI: Minnesota During the Great War at Mall of America

We are live with a MAJOR event announcement!

Friday, May 24 thru Monday, May 27, DCHS is hitting the road and traveling to Mall of America. We will have our WWI exhibit set-up in the Sears Court each day, from open to close.

We also will have a fashion show in the Rotunda on Monday, May 27th!

Click the link to learn more!

Dakota County Historical Society

Just a few minutes in and we are already learning so much on how to use the DAR online records. Thank you to Lois Ambrom...
03/22/2019

Just a few minutes in and we are already learning so much on how to use the DAR online records.

Thank you to Lois Ambromitis Mackinac, PhD for presenting this evening.

Our presentation by Lois Ambromitis Mackinac, PhD is underway!

She is presenting on how you can use DAR online resources in your genealogy research.

There is still time to apply for the Site Educator position!The deadline to apply is Friday, March 22nd at 5 p.m.
03/19/2019
Employment

There is still time to apply for the Site Educator position!

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 22nd at 5 p.m.

Dakota County Historical Society

03/08/2019

With the current weather forecast for Saturday, please call the Lawshe Museum (651-552-7548) before heading out to make sure we have not closed!

03/08/2019
Town Square Television

Did you know we are working with over 80 volunteers to identify and research the men and women from Dakota County that served during World War I?

Here is your chance to learn more about the project!

A special thank you to Town Square Television for the amazing work they did putting this together for us.

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

Do you love sharing history?We are currently hiring for one Site Educator that will work between the LeDuc Historic Esta...
03/05/2019
Employment

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.

02/20/2019

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!

Do you recognize this place??(SPOILER) Our staff made it to Mall of America early this morning to present to their Mall ...
02/13/2019

Do you recognize this place??

(SPOILER) Our staff made it to Mall of America early this morning to present to their Mall Stars Group. They are a group of adults that walk within the mall to stay healthy.

Don’t worry, it wasn’t empty as nearly 60 attendees are seated behind the camera as the picture was taken.

02/06/2019

With the current weather scheduled for Thursday, February 7th, all DCHS sites will be closed.

This includes the Lawshe Museum (South St. Paul), LeDuc Estate (Hastings) and Sibley Site (Mendota).

Stay safe and enjoy the snow!

01/29/2019

Due to the weather, the Lawshe Memorial Museum will be closed tomorrow, January 30.

Check it out!"History of Winter Recreation in Dakota County" will be at tonight's Trails by Candlelight event at the Sch...
01/25/2019

Check it out!

"History of Winter Recreation in Dakota County" will be at tonight's Trails by Candlelight event at the Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center. Thank you for partnering with us on this, Dakota County Parks-Forver Wild.

If you plan to go to see the exhibit, or for the activities, stay warm!

Did you know?
Hastings had a toboggan team?
“History of Winter Recreation in Dakota County”, a new exhibit featured tonight at the Trails by Candlelight event at the Schaar’s Bluff Gathering Center. Thank you to our partners at the Dakota County Historical Society for making this possible. After tonight, you can see this display at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center in Eagan.

01/25/2019

As a reminder, tomorrow the Lawshe Memorial Museum will be closed.

DCHS staff and members will be celebrating the past year at our organizational Annual Meeting!

Stay warm.

01/15/2019

Please note, the Lawshe Memorial Museum will be closed on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

DCHS staff will join our Board of Trustees and members at the DCHS Annual Meeting to celebrate our accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to 2019!

12/22/2018

Please plan accordingly when visiting the Lawshe Museum in South St. Paul.

The museum will be closed Sunday, December 23rd thru Tuesday, January 1st.

We will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd.

This new article shows that 1/3 of Americans cannot name their grandparents.If you need help researching your family his...
12/21/2018
One-third of Americans can’t name all of their grandparents

This new article shows that 1/3 of Americans cannot name their grandparents.

If you need help researching your family history, grandparents or beyond, contact the Lawshe Museum. We can help you search our records to uncover your family's history.

A third of Americans are unable to name all four of their grandparents, according to new research. From knowing names of family members, tracing their family tree or knowing when their family came …

Are you looking for an internship?We are seeking an intern for our "Adopt a WWI Soldier" project. For more information o...
12/12/2018
Employment

Are you looking for an internship?

We are seeking an intern for our "Adopt a WWI Soldier" project. For more information on the internship, or to apply, please follow the link.

Dakota County Historical Society

Congratulations to Greg Oxley, Vice President of the Dakota County Historical Society's Board of Trustees, for receiving...
12/04/2018

Congratulations to Greg Oxley, Vice President of the Dakota County Historical Society's Board of Trustees, for receiving an award at a special luncheon of the Eagan Rotary.

Oxley, an Air Force Pilot during the Vietnam War, received the Eagan Rotary Service Award. In addition to his role with DCHS, he also serves as Chair of the Eagan Energy Commission, Secretary on the Dakota County Planning Commission and is a member of the Eagan Kick-Start Rotary Club.

Image and content provided by the Apple Valley American Legion Post 1776.

On November 30, 2018, George H.W. Bush passed away.Bush was sworn in as the 41st President of the United States on Janua...
12/03/2018

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.

Did you know there is a new restaurant in South St. Paul? The Kaposia Club has officially opened!What does that have to ...
11/30/2018
Kaposia Club restaurant debuts today in South St. Paul

Did you know there is a new restaurant in South St. Paul? The Kaposia Club has officially opened!

What does that have to do with Dakota County history??

Adam McMorrow, one of the owners for the Kaposia Club, is none other than the great-grandson of Fred Lawshe.

Fred founded DCHS back in 1939 and the Lawshe Memorial Museum is named in his honor.

Check out the full story below.

A South St. Paul lot that has sat vacant for years is now home to a shiny, new restaurant — and Kaposia Club is serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Today is #GivingTuesday! This is designed for those looking for a way to get into holiday spirit by donating to your fav...
11/27/2018
Donate Now

Today is #GivingTuesday! This is designed for those looking for a way to get into holiday spirit by donating to your favorite nonprofit organizations.

If you would like to donate to DCHS, you can do so by visiting www.dakotahistory.org/donate-now.

Dakota County Historical Society

11/21/2018

As you do your online shopping for the holidays, please consider including the Dakota County Historical Society as the beneficiary of your Amazon Smile account!

Each transaction you make will have a portion of the purchase price donated to our organization!

You need to make sure you shop through smile.amazon.com.

Thank you to the Dakota County Genealogical Society for the work they did prior to, and leading up to, this merger. We a...
11/19/2018

Thank you to the Dakota County Genealogical Society for the work they did prior to, and leading up to, this merger.

We are excited for the opportunities we have to offer more genealogy related programs.

Kudos! On November 7, the board of the Dakota County Genealogical Society honored President Richard Thill (second from right) for 18(!) years of dedicated service as president of our organization. He was presented with this plaque and a gift card. We also thanked Jim Olson (not pictured) as Vice President and the rest of the board and committee chairs for their service. In 2018, DCGS merged with the Dakota County Historical Society. Instead of acting as two separate organizations, the Genealogy Committee of DCHS will carry out activities much like the group has done in the past, but with closer alignment. "Like" and follow this page for meeting news and updates.

Are you a fan of Dakota County history and the great work we do?We are seeking statements of interest from applicants in...
11/16/2018
Trustees

Are you a fan of Dakota County history and the great work we do?

We are seeking statements of interest from applicants interested in joining the DCHS Board of Trustees.

For more information, follow the link below!

Dakota County Historical Society

Three times a year, we publish our "Over the Years" history journal.In 2018, we published our largest edition yet - the ...
11/16/2018

Three times a year, we publish our "Over the Years" history journal.

In 2018, we published our largest edition yet - the equivalent to three publications. Our WWI publication featured volunteer contributed articles on various aspects related to Dakota County's history in relation to The Great War.

"Over the Years" are provided to our members free of charge, or are for sale in our gift shop for $5.

A site favorite at the #SibleyHistoricSite is the Mendota After Hours series.The events feature a speaker on a variety o...
11/16/2018

A site favorite at the #SibleyHistoricSite is the Mendota After Hours series.

The events feature a speaker on a variety of topics related to Minnesota's history, in a casual and laid back setting. These programs run every month from May to October.

To help support these events and the work of DCHS, you can make a contribution for #GiveToTheMaxDay!

Every Sunday in August, the #LeDucHistoricEstate held a Concert in the Orchard. The event was sponsored by Merchants Ban...
11/16/2018

Every Sunday in August, the #LeDucHistoricEstate held a Concert in the Orchard. The event was sponsored by Merchants Bank and provided guests the opportunity to sit on the beautiful grounds of the LeDuc and listen to music.

In addition, we worked with other nonprofit groups to sell pies as a fundraiser for their organization. Each concert had nearly 150 people in attendance!

Since January 1, 2018, we have worked with nearly 250 volunteers that provided a total of 6,500 hours. These hours repre...
11/16/2018

Since January 1, 2018, we have worked with nearly 250 volunteers that provided a total of 6,500 hours. These hours represented approximately $162,500 of value in donated services to our organization.

These volunteers assisted with gardening, events, reenacting and much more! Pictured are two volunteers, Jeff Reiswig and Bob Damon, portraying Gen. William LeDuc and Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes. This was the 140th Anniversary of the President's visit to Hastings.

As we strengthened partnerships within the county, we also strengthened them outside of the county.In 2018, we successfu...
11/16/2018

As we strengthened partnerships within the county, we also strengthened them outside of the county.

In 2018, we successfully participated in a MNHS Legacy Funds Partnership grant with the Scott County Historical Society and Anoka County Historical Society.

Through this grant, we were able to work on various archaeology projects throughout our county, while also working with our partners to provide programming throughout the year.

In 2018, we made an effort to strengthen partnerships with organizations within Dakota County.One of those organizations...
11/15/2018

In 2018, we made an effort to strengthen partnerships with organizations within Dakota County.

One of those organizations was the Dakota City Heritage Village. Last year, we hosted another day of vintage base ball, which saw nearly 150 people throughout the day.

In addition to the base ball game, we brought our WWI exhibit to them for displaying during the Dakota County Fair.

11/15/2018

In 2018, the #LeDucHistoricEstate has seen nearly 10,000 people visit the site.

While most come to see the amazing architecture, or learn about the always fascinating LeDuc Family, others come to see the chickens!

This past year, we continued many of your favorite events, such as teas and Civil War Weekend. We also added new events like Hastings After Hours and Coffee with the General.

Please consider a donation today for #GTTMD18 to support the great accomplishments we achieved over the past year.

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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