Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Sibley Historic Site
Fees: Free 

The Sibley Historic Site has partnered with the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site and the French-American Heritage Foundation to throw a Rendezvous in honor of the Fete de St. Jean Baptiste, and you’re invited!

On-Site activities will include live music, guided dance, costumed interpreters, children’s games, an evening fire with marshmallow roasting, and stationed historical guides to answer any of your questions. And the best part of it all is that it is at no cost to you."

Traditionally, June 24th is the French-Canadian holiday of the Feast of St. Jean Baptiste, the patron saint of French-Canadians.... To celebrate French Canadian/American heritage this rendezvous will be held on the Sibley Historic Site grounds where Jean Baptiste Faribault’s house stands. We may be named for Henry Sibley but cannot forget our other notable friends!

Jean Baptiste Faribault, a born Canadian and descendant of a prominent French family, lead a life of adventure during Minnesota’s boldest fur trade years. After serving time at multiple fur posts across the Midwest, Faribault first settled in Minnesota on Little Rapids on the St. Peter river in 1805. Because of his impressive knowledge and understanding of the Dakota culture, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Leavenworth offered Faribault and his family military protection in exchange for bringing the fur trade business closer to the fort. The family’s first log home was built on Pikes Island but after a series of floods they built the stone house on the east bank that still stands today.


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