The Dakota County Historical Society is a participating cause within GiveMN.org and its well-known Give to the Max Day campaign. Our #GivetotheMaxDay2020 Fundraising Goal is $1,000 and is part of our larger Lawshe Fund Campaign. Our Lawshe Fund goal is $12,000, of which we have already raised more than $10,000!
We are grateful to offer a $750 match from the Dakota County Star Quilters to help your donation go further!
To donate, please follow the steps at the bottom of the screen. To make a donation in honor / memory of someone, please indicate that in the notes section.
The year 2020 has been interesting for everyone, including your very own DCHS. As we opened our annual quilt show, with the theme of Suffrage, we were forced to close all of our sites just one week later. Starting on March 16, 2020, DCHS closed each of our three historic sites to the public as a way to help control the spread of COVID. Each of these sites remained closed to the public until July 2020. In June, the Lawshe Museum opened for research by appointment only, then re-opened the quilt show on July 8th. The LeDuc Estate reopened for tours by appointment only on July 9th. The Sibley Site was never able to re-open for the tour season.
As all of our exhibits, public programs and special events were cancelled, our staff quickly reacted by pivoting our resources toward virtual programs. We were fortunate to receive a grant from the Union Pacific Foundation's COVID Relief Fund to offset the cost of our programming. With these funds, we hosted virtual programs on a variety of topics that ranged from genealogy to the history of baseball, as well as virtual concerts and documentary watch parties and book club discussions. We have been fortunate to even host a few virtual school tours!
Here is some key data from our virtual offerings:
- More than 40 virtual programs hosted
- Registrations have totaled more than 750 different people
- Registrants have come from more than 30 states across the country
- 180+ cities are represented
- Minnesota has accounted for more than 89 cities
- Dakota County has 14 cities represented in registrations
Despite the pandemic, we have continued to serve researchers and the general public virtually and at our sites, in-person. We ask that you take some time today and donate toward our #GivetotheMaxDay2020 event! You can also pay by phone (651-552-7548) or via check, payable to: Dakota County Historical Society -- 130 3rd Avenue N -- South St. Paul, MN 55075. Please write "Give to the Max" in the memo so we can properly account for your contribution.