the generosity of many, $300,000 was raised for the Sibley Historic Site
Endowment, which includes the DeLeo challenge
dollars. The fund will provide much needed resources and ensure the
vitality to the grounds and programs of the Sibley Historic Site! Above, John
Crippen - Director of Historic Sites and Museums, Bob Minish
- Friends President, Steve Elliot - MHS Director and CEO, Beth
Naughton - Sr Major Gifts/Planned Giving Officer,
proudly display the Endowment Challenge Grant Fulfillment check that was
may contribute to our ongoing Endowment through individual contribution,
estate designation or other arrangements. For information, please contact
the Minnesota Historical Society, Beth Naughton, 345 Kellogg Blvd, St Paul,
Would you like to know more about life in Mendota befoe
1863? A new book written by Friends' member Ann Essling
and published by the Friends Group, will give you some insight into the
history of the land, inhabitants, the homes and the lifestyle in this area
in early Minnesota.
Mendota before 1863, A Walk Through Time Where the Waters Meet" gives
refreshing insight into this significant time of historical development in
Minnesota, and specifically in the Mendota community - which some consider
the birthplace of the state. The paperback is affordably priced and is
available through our Online Store as well as in the Dupuis house gift
here to order.
The Friends are pleased to announce publication of "Dakota Child,
Governor's Daughter" by Bruce A. Kohn. This intriguing story covers
the life of Helen Hastings Sibley. From the book, "Helen Hasting
Sibley bridged two cultures at a time of great transition. She began her
life among her mother's Dakota people, then came of age in her father's
society. Through the transitions in her life, Helen Sibley reflected
profound changes in the life of her father,
Henry Hastings Sibley, the fur trader who became the first territorial
congressman from and first state governor of Minnesota,
and in the lives of the Dakota who once lived across southern
The 174 page paperback is available for purchase through the Friends
of Sibley Historic Site (view order form
here), at the Dupuis house gift shop and through various historical
chapters. It can also be purchased through our Online Store through the
link in the left column.
Support: The Friends presented a check for $10,000 to the Minnesota
Historical Society to keep the Sibley Site open for the entire 2012 fiscal
in the photo below are MHS staff: (LtoR) Peggy Ingison, Chief Financial Officer; Stephen Elliot,
Director and Missy Thompson, Treasurer, with Bob Minish,
Friend's President, presenting the donation for the Friends organization.
The Sibley Historic Site was recently featured on KARE-11 TV during
their Morning Show to promote the Archeology for Kids Day at the Site in
Watch the video on KARE11 Community News by clicking on the picture at
left or the link here.
.................. Sibley House ........ in the News ..........
Sharon McDonnell recently wrote a nice article about Sibley House
"The Mount Vernon of Minnesota", which was published in the DAR
magazine, American Spirit (Jan/Feb 2012). She has graciously permitted the
Friends to include this on our website. Click
here (or the picture above) to read this excellent story on our
2009 Award of Merit Winner!
previous undertaking of the Friends group was funding and publishing David Grabitske's biography of Sarah Sibley, entitled
"Six Miles from St. Paul." From the book cover, "Six
Miles. Not far today, but in Sarah Sibley's time six miles challenged all
her training and abilities to maintain relationships with family, friends,
God, and a rapidly homogenizing culture. Through it all, she demonstrated
her deft skills in managing a demanding household and leading Minnesota's
very first historic preservation effort. The wife of Minnesota's first
governor lived in Mendota, longed for St. Paul, fully embraced life, and
for ten years endured an infection that claimed her life. Both for ordinary
and extraordinary accomplishments, Sarah Jane Sibley is
worthy to be remembered." This 188 page paperback book is
available for purchase through the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site (view order form here), at the Dupuis house gift
shop and through various historical chapters.
You can also order a limited edition poster,
"A Celebration in Mendota" by David P. Geister,
part of which is depicted on the front cover of the book, "Six Miles
from St. Paul." See the entire painting & order form by clicking here.
Now you can order David's book or the limited edition
poster ONLINE through the Friends' Online Store.
to buy now!
The Friends of the Sibley Historic Site funded the
design work or the stairway replacement project at the Sibley House and MHS
included the stairway project in a bid package for construction work at the
Site in 2005. At left is a picture of the finished stairway.
The Friendsí project to reupholster a
sofa at the Dupuis House has turned into a treasure trove for the MHS
textile expert. In the process of dismantling the sofa, she later
discovered six show covers. The bottom layer, the oldest one, is horsehair
fabric, most likely dating the sofa to the 1830ís. The sofa project
is just one of many ways in which our Friends organization has been able to
assist the Sibley Historic Site. Our members have been very generous in
their contributions. This generosity is exemplified by the growth of the
endowment fund for the Site. The endowment fund started in 2001 and now
stands at over $200,000. We strive to continue to build a source of
independent financial support for the Sibley Historic Site and appreciate
your help and contributions!
To find out more about the Sibley House Endowment
Fund, please follow this link on our website on Planned Giving. You
may contact us directly via email to request more information on how to
arrange for a donation benefitting the Sibley Historic Site in your estate
History in the news . . . . .
Our Friends group was established to help preserve this part of
Minnesota history and to help foster awareness of the Site. Related to this
is helping promote public education in our Minnesota history. Recently, This
American Life featured a story about the US-Dakota War of 1862 and its
significance in U.S. history 150 years ago. Listen to this account by John Biewen about Mankato, the largest mass execution in
U.S. history, what led to the war between the Dakota and the settlers, and
about why this has not been talked about much since - until now. Click here to learn more #479: Little War on the
You can listen to the audio from that presentation and can download a copy
via iTunes or Amazon.
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