Death came to more than a dozen men during the darkness of a cold November night in 1880. The men died in a fierce fire in the north wing of the St. Peter State Hospital.
The Nicollet County Historical Society (NCHS) is currently accepting applications for new members of its Board of Directors. NCHS has the privilege of preserving, protecting, and sharing Nicollet County and Minnesota’s rich history. We do this by: Offering exhibits providing access to, and interpretation and enjoyment of, our collections artifacts
The Dakota never saw most of the money they were owed. The reservation decreased from 50 miles on either side of the Minnesota River in 1851 to 10 miles by 1858. The treaty failed to provide a new sustainable life for the Dakota. Crop failures, lack of game, and broken
Henry Hastings Sibley was a Minnesota territory congressman, first state Governor, army General, and owner of a trading post at Traverse des Sioux.
Text excerpt from the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux permanent exhibit at the Nicollet County Historical Society-Treaty Site History Center. French scientist, geographer, and mathematician Joseph Nicollet led three important expeditions from 1836 through 1839. His Map of the Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi covered parts of what would
The story of the creameries in Nicollet County revolves around the butter produced during the county’s early years.
Nicollet County duo collected rural school stories By Bob Sandeen, NCHS Research Assistant Beginning in the 1850s, minutes of the Nicollet County Board meetings contain written descriptions and maps that defined the boundaries of the county’s school districts as they were formed. The Nicollet County Historical Society’s archives include maps
Early St. Peter Churchesby Bob Sandeen, NCHS Research Assistant Many pioneer residents began holding religious services in the St. Peter area as soon as possible after their arrival, beginning in the first half of the 1850s. The services were held in private homes, in rented spaces in commercial buildings, and