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.

Cata Wambli and the Dakota Alphabet: The Story of Reverend Samuel W. Pond

Tuesday, May 7, 1-2 p.m. | Free | Shakopee Community Center Ṡakpe ti Senior Lounge

Reverend Samuel W. Pond, who moved to Prairieville (later Shakopee) in 1847, according to Gary Clayton Anderson: “knew more about the Dakota than any other white person in the mid-nineteenth century. He spoke their language move fluently, and he was an especially keen observer of Dakota economic, social, and religious institutions.” Learn about Cata wambli, and the documentation of the written Dakota language.

It Happened Here in 1851 at Holmes’s Landing

It Happened Here! 1851 at Holmes's Landing CoverTuesday, June 11, 1-2 p.m. | Free | Shakopee Community Center Ṡakpe ti Senior Lounge

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 into the area over the next few years, and the Indians who were already here for 175 years before the white people arrived.

Ain’t We Got Fun?! Entertainment in Early Shakopee

Tuesday, July 9, 1-2 p.m. | Free | Shakopee Community Center Ṡakpe ti Senior Lounge

The street fairs, the circus, the opera house, and theater…the swimming and fishing in lakes and rivers…the Stagecoach, the swimming pool, and the puppet shows…and The Landing, Valleyfair, Renaissance Festival, and Mystic Lake Casino. For many years, Shakopee was and is THE place to be for fun. Learn about the entertainment in Shakopee over the last 150 years.

“We Were Smart!” Even More Women in Early Shakopee

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1-2 p.m. | Free | Shakopee Community Center Ṡakpe ti Senior Lounge

Shakopee had many fascinating women in early Shakopee, including Pelagie Eliza Faribault Menaige, Na-he-no-Wanah (Spirit of the Moon) Prescott, Elizabeth K. Ries and Isla Lindmeyer, Dr. Lizette Schmitz Entrup, Ida Gjerdrum Buck, Sarah-Irene Faribault, Rose Ann Spencer Spencer, and Katherine Siebenaler Marschall. These women, along with others, will be discussed.

Murder, Mayhem, and Mystery in Early Shakopee

Murder, Mayhem and Mystery coverTuesday, Sept. 10, 1-2 p.m. | Free | Shakopee Community Center Ṡakpe ti Senior Lounge

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.

Let’s Go Shopping! Stores in Early Shakopee

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1-2 p.m. | Free | Shakopee Community Center Ṡakpe ti Senior Lounge

Early stores in Shakopee, including August Abel’s Tailor Shop, Gutenberg’s Meat Market, Nathan McDowell McMullen’s Hardware Store, H.P. Jewelry, August Scherkenbach & Bros. Marble Works, Miss Hill’s Millinery, and Samuel Hibler’s Bookstore will be discussed, along with other stores in the late 1800s.

“This is a most beautiful place!” Writers in Early Shakopee

"This is a most beautiful place!" Writers in Early Shakopee coverTuesday, Nov. 12, 1-2 p.m. | Free | Shakopee Community Center Ṡakpe ti Senior Lounge

Diaries, letters, and books written by people in Shakopee are presented, including Florence Courtney Milton, Eleanor Gates, Susan Maria Hazeltine Adams, and Daniel M. Storer. Examples of some of the writing will be discussed.

Wunderbar! German-Americans in Early Shakopee

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1-2 p.m. | Free | Shakopee Community Center Ṡakpe ti Senior Lounge

German statesman Carl Schurz came up the Minnesota River on a steamboat in September 1859, stopped in Shakopee, and noted the hilly, gently sloping banks were like the beautiful Rhine in his native land. Many Germans soon moved to Shakopee, including Francis Xavier Hirscher, John Donnersbach, Herman Baumhager, and Herman H. Strunk. This presentation will talk about some of the early German Americans in Shakopee.

About the Presenter

David R. Schleper

David R. Schleper received his B.A. in deaf education and English at the University of Northern Colorado and his M.A. in deaf education at Gallaudet University. He also completed post-graduate studies on teaching writing at the University of New Hampshire.

Schleper has traveled throughout the United States to lead workshops at residential schools and mainstream programs. He has also presented in Australia, Canada, Guam, and Puerto Rico, United Arab Emirates, and the Virgin Islands.

Schleper has taught at all grade levels, from elementary to graduate school, at the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, the Hawai’i Center for the Deaf, the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, Kapi’olani Community College, and Gallaudet University.

Schleper is an avid reader and the author of several articles on reading and writing with deaf students. He has written several manuals, and originated and developed the Shared Reading Project, a program to teach hearing families how to read with their deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Since moving back to Shakopee a few years ago, David has spent his time researching the people in Shakopee, and enjoys learning about the variety of people who lived in this area. He is the vice-president of the Shakopee Heritage Society.