Upcoming Events

“We Were Here, Too!” African Americans in Early Shakopee

We Were Here, Too! CoverTuesday, April 9, 1-2 p.m. | Free | Shakopee Community Center Ṡakpe ti Senior Lounge

Discover the stories of 17 African-Americans who lived and worked in 1800s Shakopee, including an African American who was enslaved and escaped from Shakopee, an orderly in the Civil War, a carpenter, an African-American man who headed to Montana territory with Thomas A. Holmes, and a servant whose spirit still lingers in downtown Shakopee.

Please register for program CD 409 at the Shakopee Community Center or online through Shakopee Parks and Recreation by Tuesday, April 2.

Glory Hallelujah! Churches in Early Shakopee

Glory Hallelujah! coverSaturday, April 13, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | FreeShakopee Public Library

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 be presented at this presentation.

No pre-registration required.

The Son of a Hog Farmer

Saturday, April 13, Following 1 p.m. Membership Meeting | FreeShakopee Public Library

Drees farmhouseHilary Drees will present about growing up in Shakopee, including living just north of Pearson Elementary School on a hog farm. He will share his memories of growing up in Shakopee, following the spring Shakopee Heritage Society Membership Meeting.

Join us for this free presentation on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Shakopee Public Library, 235 Lewis St. S., following the 1 p.m. Membership Meeting.

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.

Balls, Balls, Balls! Sports in Early Shakopee

Balls, Balls, Balls! Sports in Early Shakopee CoverSaturday, May 11, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | FreeShakopee Public Library

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.

No pre-registration required.

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.

Watpá Mnísota: The Minnesota River in Early Shakopee

Watpá Mnísota: The Minnesota River in Early Shakopee CoverSaturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | FreeShakopee Public Library

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

No pre-registration required.

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.

Murder, Mayhem, and Mystery in Early Shakopee

Murder, Mayhem and Mystery coverSaturday, July 13, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | FreeShakopee Public Library

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.

No pre-registration required.

“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.

“We Were Strong!” More Women in Early Shakopee

Saturday, Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | FreeShakopee Public Library

More women in early Shakopee will be discussed, including Hopstina Makaakaniwankewin Black Flute Lucy Otherday, Maasnawin Iron Woman Rosalie Frenere Mooers, Winona Nancy McClure Faribault Huggan, Melinda Perry Apgar, Sarah Butts Wakefield, Ellen Marie Oleson Jorgenson, Alice Briggs, Isabel David Higbee, Ruth Gardner, and Marilyn Laddusaw Lang.

No pre-registration required.

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.

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

Saturday, Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | FreeShakopee Public Library

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.

No pre-registration required.

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.

A Place for Women: The Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee

A Place for Women coverSaturday, Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | FreeShakopee Public Library

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.

No pre-registration required.

“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.

ABCs and 1, 2, 3s: Schools in Early Shakopee

A, B, Cs and 1, 2, 3s: Schools in Early Shakopee CoverSaturday, Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | FreeShakopee Public Library

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.

No pre-registration required.

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.

Mitakuye Owasin: American Indians in Early Shakopee

Mitakuye Owasin: American Indians in Early Shakopee coverSaturday, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | FreeShakopee Public Library

Learn about some of the American Indians who lived in the area later called Shakopee, including Sakpe II, Sakpedan or Little Six, Thaoyate Duta (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.

No pre-registration required.

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.