Looking for opportunities to learn about local history and discuss it with other history buffs? Our programs offer thought-provoking presentations by authors, genealogists, historians, researchers, and educators. All presentations include a Q&A session with the speaker.
Past Program Topics, Speakers and Authors
Here are several examples of program topics we have offered in the past.
- Northern Slave, Black Dakota, Walt Bachman
- Recovery in Aftermath of U.S./Dakota War, Mary Bakeman
- Rediscovering the Pond Dakota Quilt, Jean Bellefeuille
- Is the Dakota Language Dying?, Joe Bendickson
- 38 Nooses, Scott Berg
- Dakota Prisoner of War Letters, Clifford Canku, Michael Simon, John Peacock
- Medicine Wheel: Honoring Grandmothers, Fern Cloud
- Dakota Women’s Work, Collette A. Hyman
- Dakota Child, Governor’s Daughter, Bruce Kohn. Note: Scroll to bottom of page to view or purchase book.
- How the Dakota War Affected the Dakota Language, Neil McKay
- A Thrilling Narrative of Indian Captivity, Carrie Reber Zeman, Zabelle Derounian-Stodola
- Alexander Ramsey and Dakota Bounty, Colette Routel
- I Grew Up in the Pond House, Steve St. Martin
- Mni Sota Makoce, Gewn Westerman, Bruce White
- Edward and Mary Frances Pond: Missionaries to the Dakota, Jeff Williamson
- North Country, Mary Wingerd
Program Topic Overview
Here are the types of topics our programs cover. If you would like to speak at one of our programs, please contact us.
- the Christian missionaries to the Dakota, including Samuel and Gideon Pond
- Native American history and culture
- Revitalization of the Dakota language
- the contrasting cultural and religious viewpoints of whites and Native Americans
- the natural history of the Minnesota River Valley
- the U.S./Dakota War of 1862
Typically held on the third Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. Guided tours available before and after programs. See calendar for specific dates and times.
Often held at the historic 1856 Gideon and Agnes Pond House, at Pond-Dakota Mission Park.
FREE for PDHS members and youth through high school
$2 suggested donation per person