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

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Sibley Historic Site, DuPuis House
Fees: $5 / $3 for DCHS members, MNHS members, and Friends of Sibley members

Enjoy this new event as you sip coffee and try pastries in the old Sibley Tea House (currently the DuPuis House) at the Sibley Historic Site. This presentation series features historians who are willing to answer questions and host a more informal presentation for guests. 

June's presenter, Karen Cooper, is an independent historian who has been collecting and interpreting photographs of Minnehaha Falls for more than 20 years. In hundreds of old pictures, the small and unstudied background details sparked her curiosity about was being photographed and what was being left out.  Karen's photograph collection eventually expanded to postcards, souvenirs, ephemera, all of which helps her tell the forgotten stories of the Falls.

The lost history of Minnehaha Falls is a story of rowdy roadhouses and illegal saloons.  Between the 1870s and the 1910s, improper behavior at Minnehaha became such an entrenched problem that it took the civic authorities a few generations to stamp it out. Karen Cooper will tell the stories of the criminals, landowners, neighbors, and city authorities as they fought the battle for the soul of Minnehaha Falls.

After the presentation, a tour is included with your admission and will conclude before the site opens to the public. We hope you join us for this new event series!

Special thanks to Caribou for donating coffee for this event!



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