Preserving the legacy of the Dakota and their relationship with Christian missionaries who lived in Minnesota during the 1800s -1880s
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The Pond Dakota Heritage Society's (PDHS) purpose is the discovery, preservation, promotion, enjoyment, and sharing of historical knowledge about the Dakota Indians, early white settlements in Minnesota during the 1800s -1880s, Christian missionaries to the Dakota, including Samuel and Gideon Pond, Native American history and culture, contrasting cultural and religious viewpoints of whites and Native Americans, the natural history of the Minnesota River Valley, and the 1862 U.S./Dakota War.For more information about PDHS, go to http://ponddakota.org/. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/PondDakota.
If you are interested in becoming a member of PDHS, go to https://www.razoo.com/story/Pond-Dakota-Heritage-Society.
The Pond Dakota Heritage Society sponsors programs, lectures, and events for all ages throughout the year at the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House, which is located in the Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420.
Revitalizing the Dakota Language is a priority for PDHS. In addition to the hands-on programs throughout the school year, a three day, intergenerational Dakota Language Camp is held in the park each summer. Campers learn the Dakota language and culture through songs, dancing, games, crafts, and feasting.
Tours of the historic house, built in 1856, restored in 1995, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are available on Sunday afternoons from 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Interpretive signs describing the history of the Dakota in the Minnesota River Valley and Gideon and Samuel Pond, the missionaries who arrived in 1834, are located along the walking trails throughout the park.
Pond Dakota Press was established by PDHS to promote the discovery and preservation of the history, religion, and culture of Minnesota in the 18th and 19th centuries though scholarly research written for a general-reader audience. Northern Slave, Black Dakota, written by Walt Bachman, was published in 2013.