History of Shakopee Series

Join Senior Research Chair and Vice-President 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.

So Jazzy! Shakopee in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s

So Jazzy! coverTuesday, July 31, 2018 | 1-2 p.m.

Shakopee was known as Little Chicago. Learn about what life was like back then during the Prohibition and beyond in this presentation.

Register for CD 731 by Tuesday, July 24.

Mitakuye Owasin: American Indians in Early Shakopee

Mitakuye Owasin coverTuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 | 1-2 p.m.

Learn about some of the American Indians who lived in the area later called Shakopee, including Ŝakpe II, Ŝakpedan or Little Six, Thaóyate Dúta (Little Crow), Jane Lamont Titus, Charles A. Manaige, Shoto, and Kahoton “Makes Noise by Striking” John Mooers, among other early Dakota and other Indians who lived here.

Register for CD 814 by Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Registration for the following sessions will begin Tuesday, Aug. 28. Watch for your fall 2018 Hometown Messenger brochure the week of Aug. 20, mailed to all Shakopee residents, which also includes the Shakopee Parks and Recreation fall activities brochure, to include the following upcoming sessions.

A, B, Cs and 1, 2, 3s: Schools in Early Shakopee

A, B, Cs and 1, 2, 3s coverTuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 | 1-2 p.m.

Shakopee has 12 schools. But many years ago, schools happened in houses, in churches, and in log cabins. Over time, public schools started popping up around the area of Shakopee. Learn about some of the schools in the area, and how they grew to fit the population of people who lived in our town.

It Happened Here in 1851 at Holmes’s Landing

It Happened Here in 1851 at Holmes's Landing coverTuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 | 1-2 p.m.

When Thomas A. Holmes and William Louis Quinn arrived in the area called Holmes’s Landing (later called Shakopee) the area was called Tiŋta-otoŋwe, a village of 600 Dakota Indians. Learn about the white people who moved to the area over the next few years, and the Indians who were already here for 175 years before the white people arrived.

Balls, Balls, Balls! Sports in Early Shakopee

Sports in Early Shakopee coverTuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 | 1-2 p.m.

Learn about the sports in early Shakopee, including Ta-ka-psi-ca-pi, or lacrosse, that men and women of the Dakota played on the prairie in the 1840s, to baseball played at Riverside Park, to football and baseball played by companies and schools in Shakopee.

Watpá Mnísota: The Minnesota River in Early Shakopee

Watpá Mnísota coverTuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 | 1-2 p.m.

The river flows through downtown Shakopee. Learn about the floods, the drownings, the steamboats, the ferries, and the bridges, and all that make Shakopee the place to live.