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

The Lawshe Fund Campaign is an annual appeal that is sent out at the end of every calendar year. The fund itself is named for Fred Lawshe, the organization's founder, who in 1939 joined other historically minded individuals to create an organization to preserve Dakota County's history, today's Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS).

Today, DCHS "preserves, interprets and promotes the history of Dakota County" through our operations of three historic sites. In order to help ensure financial stability, the annual campaign gives history lovers and supporters the opportunity to financially contribute to our mission.

Each year since 2016, we have established an organizational fundraising goal and our supporters and donors have recognized the significant contributions of our organization by providing financial donations to the campaign. We have been beyond grateful for the steadily increasing funds provided to the Lawshe Fund. Since 2018, we have been able to offer matching funds to help extend your individual contribution. 

2019 was our most successful year to date as $10,000 was raised in just over two month, thanks to all who contributed. 

Your support in 2020 will be even more important as COVID has made an impact on our organization because of the nationwide shutdown, when our sites were closed to the public. We are currently operating 33% below our projected annual income for the year.

For your convenience, we have a variety of ways you can give toward the Lawshe Fund in 2020. You can use our website by processing your donation below. You can also call your donation in over the phone, by reaching out directly to us at the Lawshe Museum (651-552-7548). If you prefer to send a check, you can send it to the Dakota County Historical Society, 130 3rd Avenue N, South St. Paul, MN 55075.

If you wish your donation be in memory / honor of another individual, please include that person's name in the "Note" section below, or on the memo of your check. 

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