Dakota County Historical Society

Dakota County Historical Society Preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County 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 the Lawshe Memorial Museum in South St .Paul, the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings and the Sibley Historic Site in Mendota. For more information on our sites or to find out more about upcoming events, please visit our website www.dakotahistory.org.

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~~ Lawshe Fund Update ~~We are two weeks into the #2021LawsheFund and well on our way to reaching our $12,000 fundraisin...
11/15/2021

~~ Lawshe Fund Update ~~

We are two weeks into the #2021LawsheFund and well on our way to reaching our $12,000 fundraising goal!

As we #BurytheLeDuc for this year's campaign, we have surpassed $8,000 in funds raised to date. This year's imagery will feature a new twist, as the more "dollars" raised, the image will have added enhancements with the snow.

Help us reach our goal by donating to the #2021LawsheFund by visiting our website (www.dakotahistory.org/lawshe-fund) today!

*Special thank you to DCHS staff member Lisa Imbryk this amazing graphic*

~~ Lawshe Fund Update ~~

We are two weeks into the #2021LawsheFund and well on our way to reaching our $12,000 fundraising goal!

As we #BurytheLeDuc for this year's campaign, we have surpassed $8,000 in funds raised to date. This year's imagery will feature a new twist, as the more "dollars" raised, the image will have added enhancements with the snow.

Help us reach our goal by donating to the #2021LawsheFund by visiting our website (www.dakotahistory.org/lawshe-fund) today!

*Special thank you to DCHS staff member Lisa Imbryk this amazing graphic*

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, our organization will participate in #GivetotheMaxDay2021. This day was launched in 2009...
11/15/2021

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, our organization will participate in #GivetotheMaxDay2021.

This day was launched in 2009 by GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and other organizations committed to helping make our state a better place.

As part of our annual Lawshe Fund campaign, our goal from #GivetotheMaxDay2021 is to raise $1,000! You can make a contribution to our organization through GiveMN website (https://www.givemn.org/organization/Dakota-County-Historical-SocietyDakota-County-Museum), or our website (www.dakotahistory.org/lawshe-fund).

So please keep this day in mind as you prepare to support your favorite Minnesota nonprofits!

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, our organization will participate in #GivetotheMaxDay2021.

This day was launched in 2009 by GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and other organizations committed to helping make our state a better place.

As part of our annual Lawshe Fund campaign, our goal from #GivetotheMaxDay2021 is to raise $1,000! You can make a contribution to our organization through GiveMN website (https://www.givemn.org/organization/Dakota-County-Historical-SocietyDakota-County-Museum), or our website (www.dakotahistory.org/lawshe-fund).

So please keep this day in mind as you prepare to support your favorite Minnesota nonprofits!

Did you know that we have a bookclub?Books From Our Shelves meets virtually over zoom every 3rd Thursday (except in Dece...
11/04/2021

Did you know that we have a bookclub?

Books From Our Shelves meets virtually over zoom every 3rd Thursday (except in December and July) to talk about a book with a Minnesota history link or author. There's no commitment and we'd love having you there even if you haven't had a chance to read the book yet (or are partway through)!

This month's book is Travelling Black by Dr. Mia Bay, who will be at bookclub to chat about her work and answer questions!

Registration is free but required in advance, and you can find all of our books through June at https://dakotahistory.org/events

[Images: Books from our shelves; the cover of Traveling Black]

On this very scary evening, don't forget one thing - Set your alarm!For those  wondering what the big circle thing is, w...
11/01/2021

On this very scary evening, don't forget one thing
- Set your alarm!

For those wondering what the big circle thing is, we included a phone alarm, just for you!

Starting tomorrow morning, our annual #LawsheFund2021 campaign will begin. Our goal this year is $14,000!

For four consecutive years, we have surpassed our goal and in 2020, we set a record at $16,000! Can you help us make it five consecutive years of surpassing our goal?

Donate by visiting our website at (www.dakotahistory.org/lawshe-fund)!

The recognition continues!DCHS Associate Director Rebecca Snyder was recognized by the Minnesota Genealogical Society wi...
10/05/2021

The recognition continues!

DCHS Associate Director Rebecca Snyder was recognized by the Minnesota Genealogical Society with the "Minnesota Genealogy Pioneer Award."

This award recognizes "contributions to the development of Minnesota resources for genealogy and family history research."

Congratulations, Rebecca!

The recognition continues!

DCHS Associate Director Rebecca Snyder was recognized by the Minnesota Genealogical Society with the "Minnesota Genealogy Pioneer Award."

This award recognizes "contributions to the development of Minnesota resources for genealogy and family history research."

Congratulations, Rebecca!

Hope everyone in South St. Paul is having a good time (and good booya) at the On the Road Again festival today!The festi...
10/02/2021

Hope everyone in South St. Paul is having a good time (and good booya) at the On the Road Again festival today!

The festival began in 1988, intended as a one time celebration of finishing major construction on Southview Blvd. 33 years later it's still going strong!

Here's an announcement of that original event from the South West Review on October 3, 1988, from our files here in the research library at the Lawshe Museum!

[Image: a picture of a newspaper article from the 10/3/1988 South West Review, showing a picture of Southview with a sign advertising the first On the Road Again with the caption “A FREE DANCE will be held outside Southview Bank in South Saint Paul from 5 to 9pm Saturday, October 8 as part of the “On the Road Again” activities celebrating the rebuilding of Southview Boulevard.”

Then the article reads “SSP to get “On the Road Again” on Oct. 8

The $1.5 million reconstruction of Southview Boulevard should be completed, and customers will be “On the Road Again” without any detour signs directing them away from the business district.

Southview has been widened from Third to 13th avenues; has decorative concrete bricks imbedded in new sidewalk; will be spruced up with boulevard trees; and will be bathed in new sodium vapor street lights.

To celebrate the rebuilding of Southview, a community festival will be held along the boulevard from 9am to 5pm this Saturday. There will be ethnic food stands, ethnic entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and flea market stands.

The South St. Paul High School Band is expected to entertain. Antique cars will be on display and there will be a raffle for prizes donated by area merchants.

IN ADDITION, a free dance will be held from 5 to 9pm outside of Southview Bank. Music will be provided by “Top Shelf,” who promise to play a variety of toe-tapping tunes.

The South-West St. Paul Lioness Club will hold a garage sale from 8am to 3 pm at 1211 Southview Blvd. (by Trustworthy Hardware), in the Southview Shopping Center. Bakery, furniture, clothing, toys, and plants will be sold. Free coffee will be served.

Walter Books, of Walter Lange Florists, who has been spearheading the “On the Road Again” celebration, explains the festival as the merchants way of saying “thank you” to residents who have had to put up with rebuilding the street this summer.

Books plans to hold his sixth “World Champion Booya” cookoff during the “On the Road Again” celebration at Southview Shopping Center. Booya will be available from 10am until it runs out. Books is offering $750 in prize money to entice some of the top booya-makers around.

Books said the South St. Paul Merchants have also made $5 donations to all of the area churches to have a prayer said for good weather for the event.

Rebuilding Southview Boulevard is part of South St. Paul’s 10-year storm and sanitary sewer separation project. The city is spending about $2.48 million in sewer separation and related road improvements this year, with the rebuilding of Southview taking up the lion’s share of the funds.”]

Hope everyone in South St. Paul is having a good time (and good booya) at the On the Road Again festival today!

The festival began in 1988, intended as a one time celebration of finishing major construction on Southview Blvd. 33 years later it's still going strong!

Here's an announcement of that original event from the South West Review on October 3, 1988, from our files here in the research library at the Lawshe Museum!

[Image: a picture of a newspaper article from the 10/3/1988 South West Review, showing a picture of Southview with a sign advertising the first On the Road Again with the caption “A FREE DANCE will be held outside Southview Bank in South Saint Paul from 5 to 9pm Saturday, October 8 as part of the “On the Road Again” activities celebrating the rebuilding of Southview Boulevard.”

Then the article reads “SSP to get “On the Road Again” on Oct. 8

The $1.5 million reconstruction of Southview Boulevard should be completed, and customers will be “On the Road Again” without any detour signs directing them away from the business district.

Southview has been widened from Third to 13th avenues; has decorative concrete bricks imbedded in new sidewalk; will be spruced up with boulevard trees; and will be bathed in new sodium vapor street lights.

To celebrate the rebuilding of Southview, a community festival will be held along the boulevard from 9am to 5pm this Saturday. There will be ethnic food stands, ethnic entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and flea market stands.

The South St. Paul High School Band is expected to entertain. Antique cars will be on display and there will be a raffle for prizes donated by area merchants.

IN ADDITION, a free dance will be held from 5 to 9pm outside of Southview Bank. Music will be provided by “Top Shelf,” who promise to play a variety of toe-tapping tunes.

The South-West St. Paul Lioness Club will hold a garage sale from 8am to 3 pm at 1211 Southview Blvd. (by Trustworthy Hardware), in the Southview Shopping Center. Bakery, furniture, clothing, toys, and plants will be sold. Free coffee will be served.

Walter Books, of Walter Lange Florists, who has been spearheading the “On the Road Again” celebration, explains the festival as the merchants way of saying “thank you” to residents who have had to put up with rebuilding the street this summer.

Books plans to hold his sixth “World Champion Booya” cookoff during the “On the Road Again” celebration at Southview Shopping Center. Booya will be available from 10am until it runs out. Books is offering $750 in prize money to entice some of the top booya-makers around.

Books said the South St. Paul Merchants have also made $5 donations to all of the area churches to have a prayer said for good weather for the event.

Rebuilding Southview Boulevard is part of South St. Paul’s 10-year storm and sanitary sewer separation project. The city is spending about $2.48 million in sewer separation and related road improvements this year, with the rebuilding of Southview taking up the lion’s share of the funds.”]

This evening, staff were joined by current, and even a few past, board members to celebrate the (near) end of the tour s...
10/01/2021

This evening, staff were joined by current, and even a few past, board members to celebrate the (near) end of the tour season for our historic sites.

At the same time, we celebrated two anniversaries with DCHS.

Nancy Hanson joined DCHS in 2001 and has worked as collections manager — celebrating 20 years!

Also this year, Rebecca Snyder celebrated 30 years with DCHS. Anyone that has had a research question, or even visited one of our sites, will likely have met Rebecca.

We are grateful for the time each of them, as well as the rest of our staff, has put in over the years. This is even more impressive given the circumstances that everyone has been in during the pandemic.

Thank you to our staff and board for a great year!

PS…anyone that knows our staff, you know pictures are frowned upon by a few…so we found a fitting graphic instead!

This evening, staff were joined by current, and even a few past, board members to celebrate the (near) end of the tour season for our historic sites.

At the same time, we celebrated two anniversaries with DCHS.

Nancy Hanson joined DCHS in 2001 and has worked as collections manager — celebrating 20 years!

Also this year, Rebecca Snyder celebrated 30 years with DCHS. Anyone that has had a research question, or even visited one of our sites, will likely have met Rebecca.

We are grateful for the time each of them, as well as the rest of our staff, has put in over the years. This is even more impressive given the circumstances that everyone has been in during the pandemic.

Thank you to our staff and board for a great year!

PS…anyone that knows our staff, you know pictures are frowned upon by a few…so we found a fitting graphic instead!

Thank you for the opportunity to partner on the 65th Anniversary of Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery.
09/17/2021

Thank you for the opportunity to partner on the 65th Anniversary of Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery.

In collaboration with the Dakota County Historical Society we’re thrilled to share this new edition of Over the Years magazine recognizing the Pine Bend refinery’s 65th anniversary. Thank you to our partners at the historical society for helping us commemorate this milestone anniversary. #DakotaCountyHistory #CommunityParnters #65years

https://pinebendrefinery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/DHS_PB_FINAL_web.pdf

Some of our membership have been working on this project, which we are delighted to share!  From their research:"Francis...
09/16/2021

Some of our membership have been working on this project, which we are delighted to share! From their research:

"Francis Turpin enlisted as a private in Company G, 5th Infantry Regiment Minnesota on February 24, 1862, at Fort Snelling, stating his age as 38, serving with this younger brothers Joseph and Severe. Francis mustered out at Fort Snelling on September 6, 1865. His time in the service was spent in the South. Two sons, Frank and Amable, also served during the War. Francis was born Francois Xavier Turpin about 1826 in the Red River area near present day Winnipeg, Canada. His father, Joseph, was employed in the fur trade and his mother, Angelique, was Native American. The family made their way to Fort Snelling in the mid-1830s, finally settling in Mendota in the 1850s. Francis' wife was Marie Brunell and they had at least 10 children. After Marie's death, Francis and his sons Louis and Alexander moved to Grey Cloud Island in the late 1870s where his son Frank was living. Francis died in 1892 and was buried in Grey Cloud Cemetery. This stone replaces an earlier veteran's stone.

Anthony Bush enlisted as a private in Company F, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Minnesota on December 22, 1863, in Hastings, at the age of 16, with his father's permission. He mustered out on December 2, 1865, at Fort Snelling, serving with his cousin, Antoine Brunell. His time in the service was spent patrolling the Minnesota frontier. Anthony was born Antoine Bourcier in 1847 in the Pig's Eye area. When he enlisted he used the surname Bush. His father, Joseph, was employed in the fur trade. His mother, Margaret McCoy, was from the Red River area and of Native American heritage. After Anthony's discharge, he purchased 40 acres in Section 25 on Grey Cloud Island and married Emma Robinette. Anthony died at the age of 26 and is presumed to be buried in Grey Cloud Cemetery. Grey Cloud Cemetery is located on part of Anthony's 40 acres. This stone is in memory of his service."

Some of our membership have been working on this project, which we are delighted to share! From their research:

"Francis Turpin enlisted as a private in Company G, 5th Infantry Regiment Minnesota on February 24, 1862, at Fort Snelling, stating his age as 38, serving with this younger brothers Joseph and Severe. Francis mustered out at Fort Snelling on September 6, 1865. His time in the service was spent in the South. Two sons, Frank and Amable, also served during the War. Francis was born Francois Xavier Turpin about 1826 in the Red River area near present day Winnipeg, Canada. His father, Joseph, was employed in the fur trade and his mother, Angelique, was Native American. The family made their way to Fort Snelling in the mid-1830s, finally settling in Mendota in the 1850s. Francis' wife was Marie Brunell and they had at least 10 children. After Marie's death, Francis and his sons Louis and Alexander moved to Grey Cloud Island in the late 1870s where his son Frank was living. Francis died in 1892 and was buried in Grey Cloud Cemetery. This stone replaces an earlier veteran's stone.

Anthony Bush enlisted as a private in Company F, 2nd Cavalry Regiment Minnesota on December 22, 1863, in Hastings, at the age of 16, with his father's permission. He mustered out on December 2, 1865, at Fort Snelling, serving with his cousin, Antoine Brunell. His time in the service was spent patrolling the Minnesota frontier. Anthony was born Antoine Bourcier in 1847 in the Pig's Eye area. When he enlisted he used the surname Bush. His father, Joseph, was employed in the fur trade. His mother, Margaret McCoy, was from the Red River area and of Native American heritage. After Anthony's discharge, he purchased 40 acres in Section 25 on Grey Cloud Island and married Emma Robinette. Anthony died at the age of 26 and is presumed to be buried in Grey Cloud Cemetery. Grey Cloud Cemetery is located on part of Anthony's 40 acres. This stone is in memory of his service."

Your Email Provider probably uses some type of filtering designed to keep you from receiving spam (*ahem* That's "Prem" ...
09/16/2021

Your Email Provider probably uses some type of filtering designed to keep you from receiving spam (*ahem* That's "Prem" here in Dakota County), but unfortunately these filters often screen out emails from any organization--including the ones you want (and in many cases--like Event Zoom Links and Member Newsletters--have paid for!) from us. Unfortunately, we can't do much about this on our end, but you can address it from your end!

We ask that you add us to your trusted list of senders, contacts or address book. This is known as "Whitelisting."

Learn more at https://dakotahistory.org/about-us/891-whitelisting

[Image: a can of Swift and Company's Prem, their response to Hormel's Spam, from the DCHS collections. The tin itself was also made locally, at American National Can in Saint Paul]

Your Email Provider probably uses some type of filtering designed to keep you from receiving spam (*ahem* That's "Prem" here in Dakota County), but unfortunately these filters often screen out emails from any organization--including the ones you want (and in many cases--like Event Zoom Links and Member Newsletters--have paid for!) from us. Unfortunately, we can't do much about this on our end, but you can address it from your end!

We ask that you add us to your trusted list of senders, contacts or address book. This is known as "Whitelisting."

Learn more at https://dakotahistory.org/about-us/891-whitelisting

[Image: a can of Swift and Company's Prem, their response to Hormel's Spam, from the DCHS collections. The tin itself was also made locally, at American National Can in Saint Paul]

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The Dakota County Historical Society’s mission is “to preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County. As an organization dedicated to serving county residents and visitors, we offer unique programming, exhibits, and an ever-changing schedule of events. Founded in 1939, DCHS currently operates three historic sites. The Lawshe Memorial Museum in South St .Paul is the organization’s headquarters and houses the research library. In 2005, we began operating the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings in partnership with the

City of Hastings. A new partnership began with the Minnesota Historical Society in 2016, as we began operating the Sibley Historic Site. For more information on our sites, or to find out more about upcoming events, please visit our website www.dakotahistory.org.

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The Pine Bend refinery has been in a constant state of change and improvement since 1955. From breaking ground on Minnesota’s first Sulfuric Acid Alkylation plant to our most recent completion of more than $400 million in technological advancements, we are constantly innovating our technologies and processes. Read more about our projects in the latest issue of Dakota County Historical Society's magazine.https://pinebendrefinery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/DHS_PB_FINAL_web.pdf
In collaboration with the Dakota County Historical Society we’re thrilled to share this new edition of Over the Years magazine recognizing the Pine Bend refinery’s 65th anniversary. Thank you to our partners at the historical society for helping us commemorate this milestone anniversary. #DakotaCountyHistory #CommunityParnters #65years https://pinebendrefinery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/DHS_PB_FINAL_web.pdf
Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery is celebrating more than 65 years of producing fuels and other products in Rosemount, Minnesota. Learn more in this edition of Over the Years magazine from the Dakota County Historical Society or on Pine Bend's website. #inthecommunity #overtheyears #DakotaCounty #65YearAnniversaryhttps://pinebendrefinery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/DHS_PB_FINAL_web.pdf
Pine Bend refinery is celebrating more than 65 years of producing fuels and other products in Dakota County. Learn more in this edition of Over the Years magazine from the Dakota County Historical Society.
Who knows the story of this beautiful old Platteville LImestone chimney, located a little north of the West Trailhead in Mendota Heights (Mendota Heights Road)? Love the stonework.
Can someone please tell me which newspaper(s) would've served Lakeville & its immediate surrounding area between 1860-1885?
Missing from Apple Valley. Please share
On Insight 7, find out how two former Packers joined forces to commemorate Boys Hockey in City of South St. Paul, Minnesota. @SSP Boys Hockey Boosters | South Saint Paul Youth Hockey Association | South St. Paul Public Schools | South St. Paul Public Library | Dakota County Historical Society | South St Paul Educational Foundation | Northern Star Publishing
New Video's & Stories coming 2020👍
Augsburg University is compiling Justice For George Floyd Initiatives across the Twin Cities & beyond in September. This week is packed with events, including racial justice book events hosted by Roseville Public Library and Dakota County Historical Society and Restorative Justice Training from Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute. See Augsburg's calendar to RSVP: https://inside.augsburg.edu/diversity/george-floyd-initiatives/
On the July 22 and 23 Bike With A Ranger, we will be joined by a Historical Site Educator from the Dakota County Historical Society at the Sibley House Historic Site! Learn about four of Minnesota’s oldest buildings as well as the landscape and culture of Mendota/Bdote during the time of Henry Sibley, Minnesota’s controversial first governor. https://www.facebook.com/events/885474361932601
Wondering if anyone recognizes this home, these people or the photographer J H Proctor of Hastings. I found this photo in a box with family photos from Iowa with the surnames Shafer, Curtis, MacCanon and McDaniel. The backside says: A picture of our little home. Here have I spent nearly one fourth of my life unmixed with sorrow yet the happiest and best that I have known. Le Marion.