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

Date: Friday, September 13, 2019

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Sibley Historic Site, Dupuis House
Fees/RSVP: $20 per person ($15 for DCHS or MNHS members).

Have a drink with your friends and the Dakota County Historical Society as you learn about Minnesota’s history. This series offers fascinating stories of historic people, places, and events in a unique and intimate setting. Admission includes one free drink ticket and a cash bar for visitors that includes beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

September's presentation will be "The Bongas in the Fur Trade," by Mattie Harper, PhD. What roles did members of an African-Ojibwe family play in the fur trade? How did they get involved in the fur trade and did race play any part in shaping their lives? Learn more about George and Stephen Bonga and their lineage, including their African ancestry and their Ojibwe family. Mattie Harper's research on this family has a lot to share about the history of race and identity in Minnesota and how one family managed to elude definitive categorization.

Mendota After Hours is a monthly event that takes place on the second Friday of each month from May thru November. The site will open at 5:30 p.m. for a social gathering, with the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. Light food and beverages will be available, including a cash bar.

Must be 21+ to receive a free drink ticket, or to purchase alcoholic beverages. Proof of age will be required before a drink ticket and / or beverage is purchased.

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