Presentations

Spring 2017: Streets of Shakopee

Holmes Street signVierling Drive, Sommerville Street, Fuller Street, Marschall Road, Otherday Circle, Hazen Street. Did you always want to find out information about some of the streets in Shakopee? David R. Schleper will talk about some of the streets in Shakopee, and stories about the people from long ago.

Join us for this free presentation on Saturday, April 22 at the Shakopee Public Library, 235 Lewis St. S., following the 1 p.m. General Membership Meeting.

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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.

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Fall 2016: Shadows of Time…Minnesota’s Surviving Railroad Depots

Bill SchranklerThis presentation by Bill Schrankler complements the depot stories Schrankler gathered in traveling and researching over 200 existing depots in Minnesota (including the one located in Shakopee) for his book, Shadows of Time.

Shadows of Time brings to life 168 of Minnesota’s remaining railroad depots, including all 57 currently on the National Register of Historic Places. Entertaining and fact-filled with hundreds of photographs, maps and other images, the narrative provides a fresh look at Minnesota railroad history through brief studies of these aging structures.

Join us for this free presentation on Saturday, Oct. 15, following the General Membership Meeting at 1 p.m. at the Shakopee Public Library (235 Lewis St. S.).

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Spring 2016: Historical Events of Shakopee

Betty Dols will be talking about historical events of Shakopee. A life-long resident, Betty has a wealth of information about Shakopee’s history.

Join us for this free presentation on Saturday, April 16, following the General Membership Meeting at 1 p.m. at the Shakopee Public Library (235 Lewis St. S.).

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Winter 2016: History of Rahr Malting

Rahr Malting, 1945Jesse Theis will share information about the history of Rahr Malting, a business that has been a mainstay in Shakopee since its construction in 1937.

Join us for this free presentation on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, following the General Membership Meeting at 1 p.m. at the Shakopee Public Library (235 Lewis St. S.).