Saturday, July 13, 2024
Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.


Date: Friday, October 18, 2024
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Fees/RSVP: $20 per person, $15 for DCHS, MNHS & Friends of Sibley Site members
Location: Sibley Historic Site

Join the Dakota County Historical Society and the Sibley Historic Site for October's Mendota After Hours: "The Montreal Fur Trade and George Bonga of 1837" 


George Bonga was a mixed race Black and Ojibwe fur trader and translator who was born in what would become Minnesota to his black father, Pierre Bonga, and his Ojibwe mother.  He was an important link between multiple cultures for the Fur Trade. Joel Brown will present an overview of the Montreal Fur Trade, roughly between 1650 and 1850 and the pertinent history of George and Pierra Bonga as it related to the Caribbean and the Northwest Territory.

A Cultural history interpreter since 1996, Joel Brown's primary focus is the US Army Air Corps and US Army Air Forces of World War II. In 2016 he incorporated into his repertoire two notable fur trade voyaguers of the Territorial Era of Minnesota: Pierre and George Bonga. 


Space is limited, so please register below. This is being offered as an in-person event, drinks and light refreshments will be served.

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