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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03 Dec
Examine an entire bison hide and other bison parts. Discover how each was used to create more than 50 usable items. Play Bison Bingo and watch a documentary on bison.
10 Dec
Try your hand at old-fashioned parlor games like Fox & Geese, Nine Pins, Ball & Cup, Checkers, Marbles, and Jacob’s Ladder. Friendly competition is encouraged!
17 Dec
Join us as we gather ‘round the 19th century pump organ to sing Christmas carols. Rev. Gideon Pond will present readings from his 1864 Christmas sermon. Enjoy holiday treats.
24 Dec
12/24/2022    
All Day
The Gideon and Agnes Pond house is closed today.
31 Dec
12/31/2022    
All Day
The Gideon and Agnes Pond house is closed today.
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03 Dec
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10 Dec
10 Dec 22
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.

    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

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    03 Dec
    Examine an entire bison hide and other bison parts. Discover how each was used to create more than 50 usable items. Play Bison Bingo and watch a documentary on bison.
    10 Dec
    Try your hand at old-fashioned parlor games like Fox & Geese, Nine Pins, Ball & Cup, Checkers, Marbles, and Jacob’s Ladder. Friendly competition is encouraged!
    17 Dec
    Join us as we gather ‘round the 19th century pump organ to sing Christmas carols. Rev. Gideon Pond will present readings from his 1864 Christmas sermon. Enjoy holiday treats.
    24 Dec
    12/24/2022    
    All Day
    The Gideon and Agnes Pond house is closed today.
    31 Dec
    12/31/2022    
    All Day
    The Gideon and Agnes Pond house is closed today.
    Events on 12/03/2022
    03 Dec
    Events on 12/10/2022
    10 Dec
    10 Dec 22
    Bloomington
    Events on 12/17/2022
    Events on 12/24/2022
    Events on 12/31/2022

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