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

 Slavery's Reach

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Time: 7:00
Location: Virtual
Fees: FREE

Please note, due to the overwhelming response we have had with registration, we have reached our capacity. Thank you to everyone for registering and please check back later to see if more spots have become available. You are welcome to contact the Lawshe Museum (651-552-7548) to check on availability, as well.

Due to COVID-19, this presentation will take place virtually. The event will be hosted through Zoom, a video conferencing site. No account is required to view the presentation.

Join the Dakota County Historical Society for our monthly book club, "Books From Our Shelves."  

August's book is "Slavery's Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State" by Christopher Lehman.

From the 1840s through the end of the Civil War, leading Minnesotans invited slaveholders and their wealth into the free territory and free state of Minnesota, enriching the area's communities and residents. Dozens of southern slaveholders and people raised in slaveholding families purchased land and back Minnesota businesses. Slaveholders' wealth was invested in some of the state's most significant institutions and provided a financial foundation for several towns and counties. And the money generated by Minnesota investments flowed both ways, supporting some of the South's largest plantations.

For a full summary, please visit the Minnesota Historical Society Press website by clicking here.

Registration for this virtual event is required. After registering you will receive a confirmation email. A separate email closer to the date will be sent containing the link and passcode for joining the event.

We are offering this program free of charge, but encourage you to make a donation to the Dakota County Historical Society to offset the loss of revenue we are experiencing through cancelled in-person events. These donations will allow us to continue operating a high level and continue to provide presentations like this in the future. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Dakota County Historical Society by phone (651-552-7548) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). For the best response time, please use email.


This event is made possible by the Union Pacific Foundation COVID-19 Relief Grant.


Upcoming Book Club events:

  • September 17, 2020: "A Good Time for the Truth" by Sun Yung Shin
  • October 15, 2020: "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee" by David Treuer
  • November 19, 2020: TBD
  • January 21, 2021: "The Children of Lincoln" by William Green
  • February 18, 2021: "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander
  • March 18, 2021: "Evidence of V" by Sheila O'Connor
  • April 15, 2021: "They Played for the Love of the Game" by Frank White
  • May 20, 2021: Votes for Women!" by Winifred Conkling
  • June 17, 2021: "The Heart of Everything That Is" by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin

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