Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.

Mission Statement: The Friends of the Sibley Historic Site enthusiastically provide financial and volunteer support for the interpretation, development and preservation of the Sibley Historic Site and its artifacts and to foster awareness and appreciation of the site as a seminal cultural place in Minnesota history through public involvement, education and research.

The Friends of Sibley Historic Site was organized in 1991 as a nonprofit membership organization to advance and promote the Site and assist the State in preserving its assets. As a member of the Friends group, you can experience first hand how the Friends group works to maximize dues and donations into growing investments in the Site.

A few examples of the Friends' investment in the site include:

  • Restoration of the unique, life-size painting of Sibley's favorite dog, Lion. Lion was the first known Irish Wolfhound in America.
  • The design & construction of the replica of the original Sibley House exterior staircase.
  • Active support of the Sibley Historic Site Endowment, serving to help fund the site for generations
  • Funding a partnership with local school district to provide field-trips for students.


The Friends of Sibley Historic Site have published multiple books related to the site's history.

  • "Historic Mendota Before 1863" by Ann Essling will give you a taste of early life in the development of Minnesota. You'll learn about the homes, the people, the environment and the interactions and lifestyles centered around teh historic Sibley Site.
  • "Dakota Child, Governor's Daughter" by Bruce Kohn details the life of Helen Hastings Sibley, Henry's Sibley's daughter.
  • "Six Miles from St. Paul" by David Grabitske explores "the family and society of Sarah Jane Sibley."



For more information on the Friends of Sibley Historic Site, or to become a member, please visit their website.

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