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


Date: Friday, July 10, 2020
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 Harold Stassen. 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.

Harold Stassen is best known for his ten unsuccessful runs at the U.S. presidency, but his life and politics were far more complex. In all of his guises—as Minnesota’s Depression-era “boy governor,” as co-author of the United Nations charter, as a member of the Eisenhower administration, and as a perpetual presidential candidate—Stassen consistently argued for moderation, tolerance and common sense during times when America, and the world, was in woefully short supply of each.  Steve Werle, author of the new biography Stassen Again (MNHS Press, Mar. 2015) will examine the rich legacy of this famous, but often misunderstood Minnesota politician and statesman.

Steve Werle was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota and teaches Advanced Placement United States History in the Twin Cities.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1994 with a B.A.A. in Teaching Secondary Social Studies and earned a master’s degree from the same institution in 1999.  He has taught a variety of high school history courses for twenty-five years and also serves as a varsity tennis coach.  Each summer Werle bakes thousands of Sweet Martha’s Cookies at the Minnesota State Fair. Mr. Werle is the author of An American Gothic: The Life & Times & Legacy of William Gates LeDuc. His most recent book, Stassen Again, was published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2015 and is available wherever books are sold.  Werle lives in Minneapolis with his wife Colleen and their three sons. 

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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