Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS) will guide you as you explore 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 People, Minnesota as the original “Silicon Valley” of the world, traditional agriculture, food processing, and market gardening, Mississippi, Minnesota, and Vermillion River histories, quack medicine, politics, and much more. There is truly something for everyone at DCHS!
We operate three sites for you to explore:
LeDuc Historic Estate
Lawshe Memorial Museum
Sibley Historic Site
Incorporated in 1951, we are a non-profit, membership organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors (Trustees). We encourage donations and memberships to help fund our programs — we receive significant funding from Dakota County and also rely on private donations for about 40 percent of our annual budget. We have been granted 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status for gift tax purposes.
Contact us and let us know how we can help!