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

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Join the Dakota County Historical Society and the Sibley Historic Site for this Virtual Presentation. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site and is offered free of charge. To learn more about the Friends of Sibley, please visit their website.

Historian Catherine Denial will present "Pelagie Faribault's Island: Marriage, Land, and Resistance in Early Nineteenth-Century Mni Sota Makoce." In treaty negotiations with the U.S. government, the Dakota granted Pelagie Faribault ownership of Wita Tanka in 1820. The story of Pelagie, her family, and what happened to Wita Tanka helps tell the history of Dakota resistance to U.S. expansion into Mni Sota Makoce, and the ways that private acts (like Pelagie's marriage) had enormous public consequence for all involved. 

Catherine Denial is the Bright Distinguished Professor of American History, chair of the History department, and Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Her first book, Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country, was first published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2013.

Registration for this virtual event is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. A separate email with a link and password to the meeting room will be sent closer to the presentation date. 

This program is offered free of charge, but we encourage you to make a donation to the Historical Society to offset the cost operating three historic sites.

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