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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.

2023 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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    05 Aug
    Create your own mini log cabin using dowel “logs” and a cardboard box! Learn about frontier construction and hear stories about the Pond brothers’ first log cabin at Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun).
    12 Aug
    Examine the historic house as a history detective. What are the mysterious markings on the bricks? Why is the window glass wavy Why is there a door on every side of the house?
    19 Aug
    Make your own wooden Button & String Puzzle to take home. Once you’ve discovered the puzzle’s solution, befuddle your family and friends with this frontier head-scratcher! All materials and program are free.
    26 Aug
    Learn to play simple folk tunes like On Top of Old Smokey, Danny Boy, and Scarborough Fair on a tin whistle! These whistles were popular instruments on the American frontier. Basic instruction will be provided by a local whistler.
    02 Sep
    Step back in time and imagine what it was like for students long ago. Try writing on parchment paper with a quill pen you’ll dip in ink and take home your handwritten missive!
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    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.

    2023 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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    05 Aug
    Create your own mini log cabin using dowel “logs” and a cardboard box! Learn about frontier construction and hear stories about the Pond brothers’ first log cabin at Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun).
    12 Aug
    Examine the historic house as a history detective. What are the mysterious markings on the bricks? Why is the window glass wavy Why is there a door on every side of the house?
    19 Aug
    Make your own wooden Button & String Puzzle to take home. Once you’ve discovered the puzzle’s solution, befuddle your family and friends with this frontier head-scratcher! All materials and program are free.
    26 Aug
    Learn to play simple folk tunes like On Top of Old Smokey, Danny Boy, and Scarborough Fair on a tin whistle! These whistles were popular instruments on the American frontier. Basic instruction will be provided by a local whistler.
    02 Sep
    Step back in time and imagine what it was like for students long ago. Try writing on parchment paper with a quill pen you’ll dip in ink and take home your handwritten missive!
    Events on 08/05/2023
    Events on 08/12/2023
    12 Aug
    Events on 08/19/2023
    Events on 08/26/2023
    Events on 09/02/2023

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