History of Shakopee Series

Join Senior Research Chair David R. Schleper for the History of Shakopee Series at the Shakopee Community Center’s Ṡakpe ti Lounge.

Register for the presentations you wish to attend. You do not need not be a Shakopee Heritage Society member to attend these free presentations offered by the Shakopee Heritage Society through Shakopee Parks and Recreation.

To register, please register on the Shakopee Parks and Recreation online registration system or at the Shakopee Community Center front desk by the deadline.

Murder, Mayhem and Mystery

Murder, Mayhem and Mystery coverTuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 | 1-2 p.m.

From the bank shooting in 1929 to murders in 1890; from robbing the dead in 1883 to infanticide in 1869; from the man who had two wives in 1879, to the man killed at the water tower in 1985; from the 30 infants and children killed during a whooping cough epidemic to the brothel in Shakopee…this presentation will focus on some of the murder, mayhem, and mystery in early Shakopee.

Register for CD 123 by Thursday, Jan. 18.

We Were Here, Too! African Americans in Early Shakopee

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 | 1-2 p.m.

A carpenter, a farmer, a servant…all African Americans, and all living in Shakopee in the 1800s. An African American man who was enslaved, and escaped from Shakopee, a former slave who built a church in St. Paul, an orderly in the Civil War, a piano player and a carriage driver—all from Shakopee. David R. Schleper will discuss about the 15 African Americans who lived and worked in Shakopee in the 1800s.

Register for CD 206 by Thursday, Feb. 1.

Sparkling! Industry in Early Shakopee

Sparkling! coverTuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 | 1-2 p.m.

Most people know about Amazon and Shutterfly, but long ago, Shakopee had many industries starting in the 1800s. Besides Rock Spring Bottling Company, the mills, the breweries, the soap and brick were all part of early Shakopee. Learn about some of the early industry in early Shakopee in this presentation.

Register for CD 220 by Thursday, Feb. 15.

Glory Hallelujah! Churches in Early Shakopee

Glory Hallelujah! coverTuesday, March 20, 2018 | 1-2 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, which was built but never used, the German St. Mark’s Catholic Church and the Church of Immaculate Conception (later called St. Mary’s) for the Irish in Shakopee, the First Presbyterian Church (now the Igelsia del Dios Vivo, Columna y Adoyo de la Verdad, La Luz Del Mundo), are discussed. St. John’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Mary’s Church of the Purification, the Assembly of God Church, and the Russian Evangelical Baptist Church, among others, will also be presented at this presentation.

Register for CD 320 by Thursday, March 15.

A Place for Women: The Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee

A Place for Women coverTuesday, April 17, 2018 | 1-2 p.m.

The woman who convinced a group of men to build a reformatory for women, the place as it looked at then and now, a few stories about growing up near the reformatory, and the prisoners who lived here, and those who escaped, are discussed in this program.

Register for CD 417 by Thursday, April 12.