Florida Keys Raffle

Wednesday, January 4,2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

130 3rd Avenue North, South Saint Paul, MN, 55075

For just $10, you can enter the Florida Keys Raffle to get away from a Minnesota winter.  The drawing will be held at the DCHS Annual Meeting at Southview Country Club on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE!

Click the header to download the flyer – and good luck! florida-keys-flyer

Burns Night Scotch Tasting

Friday, January 20,2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN, 55033

The LeDuc Historic Estate of the Dakota County Historical Society will celebrate the life of Scottish poet laureate, Robert Burns.  The evening begins with the sound of bagpipes and, throughout the evening, the music of the house band in the persons of Sherry & Don Ladig, Rosa Wells, and John Wenstrom, will form the backdrop for the interpretive program.  Five Scotches will be interpreted, along with the history of the individual distilleries and their story within British and American history as well as the distillation methods used to produce these fine whiskies.  Wonderful food will be paired with each dram, prepared in the LeDuc kitchen.  Seating is limed, so call 651-438-8480 early, and please come hungry! Rates are $40 per person and $35 for members of Dakota County Historical Society.

DCHS Annual Meeting

Saturday, January 28,2017, 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

239 Mendota Road E., West St. Paul, MN, 55118

Join us for the DCHS Annual Meeting at Southview Country Club, Saturday, January 28, 2017. 

The guest speaker will be Stephen Osman presenting on Fort Snelling during the Civil War; after which there will be a business meeting, approval of updates to the bylaws and election of trustees.

The winner of the Florida Keys raffle will be drawn and there will be a silent auction.

The cost is $30 for luncheon.  Call 651-552-7548 for details and reservations!  Click on the header to download the updated bylaws.  dchs-by-laws-approved-09-08-2016 

Modern Interpretations of Historic Design V

Sunday, January 29,2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN, 55033

DCHS announces a juried art show based on embroidery designs from the Hastings Needle Work Company. Started in 1888 by Alice and Florence LeDuc, Hastings Needle Work produced unique embroidery pieces for their clients from 1888 to the mid-1920s.

Deadline for entry applications is April 15th, 2017.  

Click on the header to download the application packet. mihd-iv-arts-challenge-2017-application-packet

Valentine’s Day Tea

Saturday, February 11,2017, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN, 55033

The LeDuc Historic Estate will celebrate its Annual Valentine’s Day Tea. This is a 4-course high tea, naturally including tea sandwiches, scones, and, of course, chocolate. Three teas will be served and an interpretive program on china and teapots, their production and care, will be featured, as will readings by costumed reenactors. Tours are available after the tea. Seating is limited, so call 651-438-8480 early and plan to come hungry. Cost of the tea and tour is $35 per person and $30 for members of Dakota County Historical Society.

Dakota County Star Quilters

Wednesday, February 15,2017, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

130 3rd Avenue North, South Saint Paul, MN, 55075

The Dakota County Star Quilters show will open Wednesday, February 15, 2017 and run through Friday, March 17.  The lecture and a workshop will be on Saturday, March 11.  For tickets to the lecture or workshop, please call Trisha at 651-452-6007 or Kathy at 651-324-3553.

Following your Ancestor’s Migration Trail

Thursday, February 16,2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

130 3rd Avenue North, South Saint Paul, MN, 55075

Jay Fonkert, will present an analysis of the most common 19th Century American migration routes and help researchers evaluate the routes that their specific ancestors might have taken. J. H. (“Jay”) Fonkert, CG is a well-known genealogy speaker who has published more than 30 articles in various genealogical journals such as the Minnesota Genealogist, NGS Magazine, Family Chronicle and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.   His favorite research areas include English, Dutch and 19th Century Kentucky and Midwest genealogy. Jay is a past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, editor of the Minnesota Genealogist and serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists. The program is sponsored by the Dakota County Genealogical Society (DCGS) and will be held at the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 Third Avenue North in South St. Paul. The program is free and open to the public. If you have additional questions, please contact Dick Thill, DCGS President (651-452-5926).

Genealogy Research

DCHS maintains extensive print, microfilm, and online archives. The online databases include more than a half-million church and cemetery records, census information, and more.

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Your Dakota County Historical Society awaits to guide you in exploring the fascinating history of our communities. Tours, exhibits, camps, and our many interactive programs cover all manner of topics including the Civil War, the Dakota, quack medicine, Minnesota as the original “Silicon Valley” of the world, traditional agriculture and market gardening, politics, and much more. There is truly something for everyone at DCHS.

Lawshe Memorial Museum, 130 3rd Avenue North, South St. Paul, MN 55075, p. 651-552-7548
LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings, MN 55033, p. 651-438-8480
Sibley Historic Site, 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota, MN 55150, p. 651-452-1596
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