2017 Events


Winter 2017: It Happened Here 1848
in Tiŋta-otoŋwe, Prairie des Français, and Prairieville (and eventually, in Sha K’ Pay, Minnesota Territory)

Who was living here in 1848? The 600 Mdewakaŋtoŋwaŋ Dakota Indians, who lived here first, including Ŝakpe II and his son, Ŝakpedan or Little Six; the trappers and traders who lived and work here, including Oliver Faribault and Wakan Yanke; an African American enslaved person, Joseph Godfrey, who escaped from Shakopee in 1848; missionaries including Reverend Samuel W. Pond and Cordelia Eggleston Pond and family, who built the first frame house in Scott County; and a young adult, Jane Lamont Titus, who was part-Dakota, and spoke only Dakota when she moved into the Ponds’ home at age 13. In 1848, they all lived around the Faribault Springs, speaking Dakota, French, English, and a combination of languages.

All of this happened in this powerful place. And David R. Schleper wants to tell their stories.

This presentation will focus on the Pathways of History project at the extension of Memorial Park on the south side of County Road 101, near the Pond site foundation, near Faribault Springs. The Shakopee Heritage Society and others who want to find out more about the people who lived right here in 1848 are welcome to attend.

Join us on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Stans Museum/Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller St. S., following the 1 p.m. General Membership Meeting.

View video of presentation