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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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    04 Feb
    Explore the park on snowshoes on your own or on one of two guided walks in the River Valley. Play frontier winter games outdoors. Take a guided tour of the house with a costumed reenactor. Examine a bison hide, play Bison Bingo, and watch a documentary on this amazing American icon.
    04 Feb
    Tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
    11 Feb
    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!
    11 Feb
    Tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
    18 Feb
    Taste popcorn made over a bed of coals in the fireplace with an old-fashioned popcorn popper. Then tour of the house while enjoying your tasty treat. Free.
    18 Feb
    Tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
    25 Feb
    Bring your imagination and create a family of dolls to take home! Historic seamstress Pauline Bold will demonstrate how to make corn husk dolls, cloth [...]
    25 Feb
    Tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
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    04 Feb
    4 Feb 23
    Bloomington
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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

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    04 Feb
    Explore the park on snowshoes on your own or on one of two guided walks in the River Valley. Play frontier winter games outdoors. Take a guided tour of the house with a costumed reenactor. Examine a bison hide, play Bison Bingo, and watch a documentary on this amazing American icon.
    04 Feb
    Tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
    11 Feb
    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!
    11 Feb
    Tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
    18 Feb
    Taste popcorn made over a bed of coals in the fireplace with an old-fashioned popcorn popper. Then tour of the house while enjoying your tasty treat. Free.
    18 Feb
    Tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
    25 Feb
    Bring your imagination and create a family of dolls to take home! Historic seamstress Pauline Bold will demonstrate how to make corn husk dolls, cloth [...]
    25 Feb
    Tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
    Events on 02/04/2023
    04 Feb
    4 Feb 23
    Bloomington
    Events on 02/11/2023
    11 Feb
    11 Feb 23
    Bloomington
    Events on 02/18/2023
    18 Feb
    18 Feb
    18 Feb 23
    Bloomington
    Events on 02/25/2023
    25 Feb
    25 Feb
    25 Feb 23
    Bloomington

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