Dakota County Historical Society

The Dakota County Historical Society was founded in Minnesota in 1939 to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Dakota County. Our organization consists of over 50,000 3-D artifacts and 50,000 archival materials in our collection. Currently, we operate three historic sites. The Lawshe Memorial Museum (130 3rd Avenue N – South St. Paul) consists of exhibits and our research library. The LeDuc Historic Estate (1629 Vermillion Street – Hastings) consists of an 1866 Gothic Revival Mansion and interpretive outbuildings: the Carriage Barn and Simmons Shed. The site explores the history of Civil War Quartermaster General, William Gates LeDuc, his family, their house and the local community. The Sibley Historic Site (1357 Sibley Memorial Highway – Mendota) consists of three different houses. The first house is the Hypolite DuPuis House, which is where check-in is for tours and the gift shop. The Henry Hastings Sibley House is home to Minnesota’s first governor and is the oldest stone house in the state. The last house is the Jean Baptiste Faribault House and explores the history of the Daughters of the American Revolution and local Native American history.

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