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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06 Aug
Author Terry Swanson and illustrator Peggy Stern introduce their new book, Grasshoppers in My Bed, a historical fiction based on the journals of Lillie Belle Gibbs, a Minnesota frontier farm girl.
13 Aug
Compete with family and friends to to see who can scrub and hang out laundry faster. Frontier chores were never this fun! Discover why families were so pleased when washing machines were invented.
14 Aug
08/14/2022    
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mark Labine will discuss his research into the Little Rapids fur trade post on the Minnesota River near present-day Carver. Mark is a descendant of early voyageurs and fur traders.
20 Aug
Try your hand at throwing horseshoes – maybe you’ll get a ringer! Learn the rules and strategies of this ever popular, centuries-old game. Horseshoes will be provided.
27 Aug
This mysterious mechanical toy originated in Appalachia. Make one to take home using basic hand tools and see if your friends can guess how it works! Adult supervision needed for children.
03 Sep
Step back in time and imagine what it was like for students long ago. Try writing on parchment paper with a quill pen dipped in ink. Then tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
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06 Aug
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13 Aug
13 Aug 22
Bloomington
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20 Aug
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27 Aug
27 Aug 22
Bloomington
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03 Sep

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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06 Aug
Author Terry Swanson and illustrator Peggy Stern introduce their new book, Grasshoppers in My Bed, a historical fiction based on the journals of Lillie Belle Gibbs, a Minnesota frontier farm girl.
13 Aug
Compete with family and friends to to see who can scrub and hang out laundry faster. Frontier chores were never this fun! Discover why families were so pleased when washing machines were invented.
14 Aug
08/14/2022    
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mark Labine will discuss his research into the Little Rapids fur trade post on the Minnesota River near present-day Carver. Mark is a descendant of early voyageurs and fur traders.
20 Aug
Try your hand at throwing horseshoes – maybe you’ll get a ringer! Learn the rules and strategies of this ever popular, centuries-old game. Horseshoes will be provided.
27 Aug
This mysterious mechanical toy originated in Appalachia. Make one to take home using basic hand tools and see if your friends can guess how it works! Adult supervision needed for children.
03 Sep
Step back in time and imagine what it was like for students long ago. Try writing on parchment paper with a quill pen dipped in ink. Then tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
Events on 08/06/2022
06 Aug
Events on 08/13/2022
13 Aug
13 Aug 22
Bloomington
Events on 08/14/2022
14 Aug
Events on 08/20/2022
20 Aug
Events on 08/27/2022
27 Aug
27 Aug 22
Bloomington
Events on 09/03/2022
03 Sep
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© 2022 Pond Dakota Heritage Society