All Brown County Historical Society programs with fees require advance registration and payment.
To make reservations, call us at 507-233-2616 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org.

Below is the full schedule of 2024 U.S.–Dakota War Commemoration events

Select a tab to see the events happening on that day.

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Wednesday, August 21

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12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Location Pending | Free, Reservation Required

Lunch & a Bite, featuring Lisa Besemer, “The Milford Monument.”

More information coming soon.

Seating is limited. To make a reservation for this event call 507-233-2616 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org.

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Thursday, August 22

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12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at the Brown County Museum Annex | Free, Reservation Required

Lunch & a Bite, featuring Anita Gaul and Janet Timmerman, “St. Rose Academy: A Native American Boarding School on the Minnesota Prairie, 1884-1890.”

The sisters of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ) founded St. Rose Academy, a Catholic boarding and day school, in Avoca, Minnesota, in 1883. In 1884, Bishop John Ireland of St. Paul secured a US government contract to educate Native American girls at the academy. The SHCJ sisters operated this boarding school for Native girls for the next seven years. The sisters kept a House Journal recording the school’s operations during this time, offering a fascinating glimpse of the daily activities of its teachers and students and their struggles in a newly-settled community on the western Minnesota prairie.

Seating is limited. To make a reservation for this event call 507-233-2616 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org.

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2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Brown County Museum | $7.00

Walking Tour: New Ulm’s U.S. – Dakota War Sites

Tour participants should meet in front of the Brown County Museum, 2 North Broadway St. by 1:50pm. The tour guides will tell stories of Dakota War events that took place at the respective sites included in the tour.  The tour takes about an hour and can be a family activity.  In case of rain, the tour will be canceled.

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Friday, August 23


12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at the Brown County Museum Annex | Free, Reservation Required

Lunch & a Bite, featuring Jerry Weldy, “The Birch Coulee Battlefield.”

More information coming soon.

Seating is limited. To make a reservation for this event call 507-233-2616 or email education@browncountyhistorymn.org.

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2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Brown County Museum | $7.00

Walking Tour: New Ulm’s U.S. – Dakota War Sites

Tour participants should meet in front of the Brown County Museum, 2 North Broadway St. by 1:50pm. The tour guides will tell stories of Dakota War events that took place at the respective sites included in the tour.  The tour takes about an hour and can be a family activity.  In case of rain, the tour will be canceled.

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Saturday, August 24

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12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at the Brown County Museum | FREE

Book Release & Author Talk/Signing – “A Place Called Home” by Nancy Silcox

A Place Called Home is the story of young Carolina Beck and her family who are driven from Cincinnati, Ohio by rising hostilities toward immigrants. They travel by steamboat to New Ulm, Minnesota, in 1857. Searching for economic security and the freedom to follow their German customs and traditions, they face unexpected challenges learning to survive in a new town on the Minnesota frontier. Constructing a house, securing food, building a community and defending their town during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 test their courage, persistence and resilience in this coming-of-age story. A Place Called Home is historical fiction based on memoirs, personal accounts and historical research.

Author, Nancy Noyes Silcox, grew up in New Ulm, Minnesota, where she learned to appreciate its German history and culture. As a fifth-generation descendant of Swedish, Norwegian, and English settlers in Minnesota, she was curious about people who left everything familiar in the “old country,” took a risk and headed to Minnesota. She also wanted to know about the Dakota people who shared Minnesota history with the settlers, but experienced it differently.

 

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2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Brown County Museum | $7.00

Walking Tour: New Ulm’s U.S. – Dakota War Sites

Tour participants should meet in front of the Brown County Museum, 2 North Broadway St. by 1:50pm. The tour guides will tell stories of Dakota War events that took place at the respective sites included in the tour.  The tour takes about an hour and can be a family activity.  In case of rain, the tour will be canceled.

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11 a.m. – 3 p.m. New Ulm Battery at the Kiesling House | Free with $3.00 Admission to the Kiesling House

Members of the New Ulm Battery will interact with the audience and share the history of the organization and talk about the cannon which will be on display. Following the US-Dakota War of late summer 1862, the Minnesota Civilian Militia Act authorized the formation of an artillery unit to protect New Ulm against future Dakota attacks. Those attacks never came; but the New Ulm Battery continues up to present day.

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Sunday, August 25

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2 p.m. at the New Ulm Cemetery | Free

Walking Tour: The Pioneer Section at the New Ulm Cemetery

This tour highlights historical personalities of Brown County’s past as well as the funerary art and symbolism of various grave stones. Weaving the history of New Ulm’s founding together with stories of early pioneers and the tragedy of the U.S.-Dakota War, guides will share extensive research on the history of Brown County. The tour takes about an hour and can be a family activity. In case of rain, the tour will be rescheduled.

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