About the Pond Dakota Heritage Society

The Pond Dakota Heritage Society is a non-profit, member-supported organization based in Bloomington, Minnesota. The society’s purpose is the discovery, preservation, promotion, enjoyment and sharing of historical knowledge about the Dakota Native Americans, the Dakota Mission and early Minnesota settlements during the 1800s.

The members and friends of the Pond Dakota Heritage Society are particularly interested in:

  • 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

There are a variety of great programs and events related to these topics. Be sure to check our calendar of events to find one that fits your needs.

2022 Officers and
Board of Directors

President: Paul Maravelas
Vice President: Stephen Osman
Treasurer: Ed Egan
Secretary: Tara Owens
Members at Large:
David Schelper
Candy Williamson
Jeff Williamson

Our Mission

To preserve the rich history of the Dakota and their relationship with early Minnesota settlers and Christian Missionaries, and to explore contrasting cultural and religious viewpoints.

History of PDHS

The Gideon Pond Heritage Society was formed in 1994 to develop programming at the Pond-Dakota Mission Park and the Gideon and Agnes Pond House. The name was changed to Pond Dakota Heritage Society and the organization incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2007 to reflect the significance of the relationship between Samuel and Gideon Pond and the Dakota community.

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01 Oct
Make your own bead project with Lakota artist Carol Charging Thunder, whose beadwork has been exhibited at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.
08 Oct
Explore colors in nature with a naturalist from Nature Enthusiations by making smash art, learning about how nature makes some of the amazing colors we see, and more.
15 Oct
Examine the Gideon and Agnes Pond House as a history detective! Learn about the mysterious markings on the bricks, the wavy glass, and the doors on every side of the house.
22 Oct
Jumping Jacks are flat figures whose joints are connected to a pull string. Make your own vintage Jumping Jack to take home! All materials provided.
29 Oct
Make your own coaster-sized “rug” to take home. Choose fabric strips, learn to braid them, then hand stitch your braid into a mini rug. All materials provided.
05 Nov
Learn and practice basic embroidery stitches with expert needleworker Pauline Bold. All materials provided, or you may bring your own project to stitch.
Events on 10/01/2022
01 Oct
1 Oct 22
Bloomington
Events on 10/08/2022
08 Oct
8 Oct 22
Bloomington
Events on 10/15/2022
15 Oct
15 Oct 22
Bloomington
Events on 10/22/2022
22 Oct
22 Oct 22
Bloomington
Events on 10/29/2022
29 Oct
29 Oct 22
Bloomington
Events on 11/05/2022
05 Nov
5 Nov 22
Bloomington

About the Pond Dakota Heritage Society

The Pond Dakota Heritage Society is a non-profit, member-supported organization based in Bloomington, Minnesota. The society’s purpose is the discovery, preservation, promotion, enjoyment and sharing of historical knowledge about the Dakota Native Americans, the Dakota Mission and early Minnesota settlements during the 1800s.

The members and friends of the Pond Dakota Heritage Society are particularly interested in:

  • 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

There are a variety of great programs and events related to these topics. Be sure to check our calendar of events to find one that fits your needs.

Our Mission

To preserve the rich history of the Dakota and their relationship with early Minnesota settlers and Christian Missionaries, and to explore contrasting cultural and religious viewpoints.

History of PDHS

The Gideon Pond Heritage Society was formed in 1994 to develop programming at the Pond-Dakota Mission Park and the Gideon and Agnes Pond House. The name was changed to Pond Dakota Heritage Society and the organization incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2007 to reflect the significance of the relationship between Samuel and Gideon Pond and the Dakota community.

2022 Officers and
Board of Directors

President: Paul Maravelas
Vice President: Stephen Osman
Treasurer: Ed Egan
Secretary: Tara Owens
Members at Large:
David Schelper
Candy Williamson
Jeff Williamson

Find Programs and Events

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01 Oct
Make your own bead project with Lakota artist Carol Charging Thunder, whose beadwork has been exhibited at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.
08 Oct
Explore colors in nature with a naturalist from Nature Enthusiations by making smash art, learning about how nature makes some of the amazing colors we see, and more.
15 Oct
Examine the Gideon and Agnes Pond House as a history detective! Learn about the mysterious markings on the bricks, the wavy glass, and the doors on every side of the house.
22 Oct
Jumping Jacks are flat figures whose joints are connected to a pull string. Make your own vintage Jumping Jack to take home! All materials provided.
29 Oct
Make your own coaster-sized “rug” to take home. Choose fabric strips, learn to braid them, then hand stitch your braid into a mini rug. All materials provided.
05 Nov
Learn and practice basic embroidery stitches with expert needleworker Pauline Bold. All materials provided, or you may bring your own project to stitch.
Events on 10/01/2022
01 Oct
1 Oct 22
Bloomington
Events on 10/08/2022
08 Oct
8 Oct 22
Bloomington
Events on 10/15/2022
15 Oct
15 Oct 22
Bloomington
Events on 10/22/2022
22 Oct
22 Oct 22
Bloomington
Events on 10/29/2022
29 Oct
29 Oct 22
Bloomington
Events on 11/05/2022
05 Nov
5 Nov 22
Bloomington
© 2022 Pond Dakota Heritage Society
© 2022 Pond Dakota Heritage Society