Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.

Thank You For Shopping

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Lawshe Memorial Museum
Fees: FREE

Join the Dakota County Historical Society for our new quarterly book club, "Books From Our Shelves." Each book selected relates to an aspect of Minnesota history and comes from the shelves of our gift shops.

July's book is "Thank You For Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores," by Kristal Leebrick. Throughout the twentieth century, department stores ruled the retail landscapes of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Stores like Dayton's, Powers, Donaldson's and the Golden Rule were centers of social life. Author Kristal Leebrick presents the history and stories behind many of Minnesota's great department stores, offering a trip back to the glory days. For the full Minnesota Historical Society Press summary, please click here.

Books From Our Shelves is a quarterly book club that meets on January 17, April 18, July 18, and October 17, 2019. Each session will run from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Copies of the selected books can be purchased in each any our gift shops, or via our online gift shop by clicking here.

Upcoming Dates & Books

  • January 17, 2019: "The Crusade For Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota's Mental Health Institutions, 1946-1954," by Susan Foote.
  • April 18, 2019: "Minnesota, 1918: When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State" by Curt Brown
  • July 18, 2019: "Thank You For Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores," by Kristal Leebrick
  • October 17, 2019: "Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O'Brien," by Nancy O'Brien Wagner


Registration for the event is not required, but allows us to track attendance and provide updates on the event with attendees.


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