There's lots of great, fun stuff on the Dakota County
Historical Society site that's just for kids! Whether
you like games, old maps, old pictures, stories,
or even a virtual photo tour you can take yourself
to see what it was like to live in a small town
100 years ago! Click on any of the pictures below
to start and the activities will open in a pop-up
you click on things and nothing happens
there may be a "Pop-up Blocker" on your
web browser. It needs to be set to allow our web
to launch pop-up windows. None of the pop-ups will
contain advertising - just fun! Kids, if you don't
know how to do this ask a grown-up to help.
loves to share old photographs with friends!
fun to look at pictures of what things used to be
like in Dakota County - and Shutterbug can tell
you a little something about each picture in his
photo album too.
on the picture of Shutterbug with his old time camera
and he'll open his photo album in an new window!
interesting stories about the Native Americans who
lived in Dakota County first, or about the European
and US explorers who opened the area to Pioneers.
who the people were that immigrated to Dakota County
and from where they came and why they had left their
homes to move here.
how they got here and find out what parts of the
County they moved to and what they did when they
got here. Just Click on the TORCH!
County Jones has a lot of weird old things from
around here in her collection you've probably never
"The ArtiFACT Game" you
try to identify what some of those strange objects
are. For each correct answer you get 100 coins (points).
But wrong answers will cost you! If you figure out
what the artifact is, you'll learn a little more
about how people used it in the past. You'll also
have a chance to get more points with "Bonus
Questions." Don't worry, if it's too hard D.C.
will let you cash in some coins for a clue if you
object of the game is simple - answer the most questions
correctly and accumulate the highest number of coins!
Click on the image above to play!
you like maps this is for you! Find out how Dakota
County became Dakota County. See the territorial
borders shift through time to the present day and
learn how parts of Minnesota were once owned by
France or were parts of Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
wonder what the towns in Dakota County were like
a hundred years ago when immigrants came here? Take
a step back in time with this photo tour of historic
buildings you can see today in "Dakota City"
just as they were a century ago!
can take the tour now by clicking on the Town Marshall
picture to the left!