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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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    07 Oct
    Watch Fred Livesay demonstrate 19th century building techniques, making mortices and tenons and other joints. Fred has been a trained carriage builder and traditional woodworker for 48 years.
    14 Oct
    Assemble pre-cut, notched timbers to create a four-foot high frontier home. Learn from frontier building expert Miles Jewell about the ingenious joinery that was used to lock the log corners together.
    21 Oct
    Try dipping candles! Mrs. Pond and her family made dozens of candles every year. Learn why their family was so pleased when kerosene lamplight became available. Program and supplies are free.
    28 Oct
    Examine the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House as a history detective. Where is the secret compartment? Why are there 31 numbers on the clock, Answer these and other curious questions to win a detective gadget!
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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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    07 Oct
    Watch Fred Livesay demonstrate 19th century building techniques, making mortices and tenons and other joints. Fred has been a trained carriage builder and traditional woodworker for 48 years.
    14 Oct
    Assemble pre-cut, notched timbers to create a four-foot high frontier home. Learn from frontier building expert Miles Jewell about the ingenious joinery that was used to lock the log corners together.
    21 Oct
    Try dipping candles! Mrs. Pond and her family made dozens of candles every year. Learn why their family was so pleased when kerosene lamplight became available. Program and supplies are free.
    28 Oct
    Examine the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House as a history detective. Where is the secret compartment? Why are there 31 numbers on the clock, Answer these and other curious questions to win a detective gadget!
    Events on 10/07/2023
    Events on 10/14/2023
    14 Oct
    Events on 10/21/2023
    21 Oct
    Events on 10/28/2023
    28 Oct

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