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October 23, 2008

“Trail of Tears” Authors at Pond House Sunday

Filed under: Events — debbie.miller@mnhs.org @ 1:48 pm

From the folks at the Gideon Pond House:

Hope you can join us this Sunday for possibly the largest gathering of authors of Minnesota history we’ve ever had at the Gideon Pond House!  Sounds like we’ll also have beautiful weather for a hike on the trails in Pond Dakota Mission Park …

“Trail of Tears: The Minnesota Dakota Indian Exile Begins”         
Sunday October 26, 2:00 pm
This program will be presented by most of the book’s contributing authors:  Thomas Shaw, Stephen Osman, Alan Woolworth, Mary Bakeman, Curtis Dahlin, Lois Glewwe, Carrie Zeman, Walter Bachman, Corinne Marz, and John LaBatte.  The book is a series of essays that extends from Camp Release following the decisive battle of Wood Lake to the Lower Sioux Agency, with two marches from there:  those that were tried and prisoners to Camp Lincoln in Blue Earth County, and their family members-women, children and elders-who were taken to the internment camp at Fort Snelling.  It includes information on Sibley’s army of 1862, the emotional reaction of the white soldiers assigned to guard the Indians, and what has happened over time.  There will be a special mention of the Gideon Pond House in the presentation.  All the authors have made previous presentations at the Pond House or on our tours and are some of the most renowned historians in the state of Minnesota.  The book published by Prairie Echoes Press will be for sale and the authors will be available for signing.  House tours at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.  Program and tours are free.

The Gideon and Agnes Pond House is located in Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th St., Bloomington, between Portland and Nicollet Aves.  For more information contact Mark Morrison at Bloomington Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8693, or after hours call Jay Ludwig at 952-484-0477, or visit our website.

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July 26, 2008

Pond House Events in August

Filed under: Events — debbie.miller@mnhs.org @ 7:35 am

Steamboat’s Coming!

Sunday August 3
Discover what life was like on a 19th-century steamboat from a costumed re-enactor: packing a trunk, walking a gangplank with a serving tray, mastering nautical terms, and turning a ship’s wheel. Then get yourself some kettle corn and enjoy “The Mouldy Figs” as they play and sing authentic steamboat music interspersed with steamboat stories. The program and music will be repeated about every hour and are free; small charge for refreshments.

Return to Shetak: The Courage of the Fool Soldiers

Sunday August 17

Barbara Britain, a descendant of Lake Shetek survivors, has produced a 90-minute documentary about an event of the U.S.-Dakota War in which a group of young Dakota men rescued two women and six children that had been taken captive after the battle of Lake Shetek. This award-winning film will be available for purchase on DVD. Britain has produced many videos and is a retired special education teacher who lives in White Bear Lake.

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