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River Valley Reflections: Our Enduring Water

The Minnesota River Valley has a long and varied water history. There are several important waterways located within our region. This exhibit explores the importance of these waters and their continuing impact on living creatures and the environment through story, history, faith, ethics, the arts, and science.

The Minnesota River, Swan Lake, and other waterways have played an important role in the lives of indigenous people in this region for thousands of years. Native people used the river as a form of transportation, a food and water source, and a crossing point. It also contained a spiritual connotation for many. These early people set a precedent for responsibly appreciating and using the river and prairie wetland.

As evidenced by future land use by fur traders and Euro-American settlers, Native peoples passed on this appreciation through generations. But unfortunately, advances in agriculture and industry have changed that mindset.

Today, communities are exploring how to protect this valuable resource by envisioning the future of water.

Admission to the History Center is
  • $7 adults
  • $6 seniors ages 55+
  • NCHS members and children under age 18 visit for free.

Nicollet County Historical Society - Treaty Site History Center

The Treaty Site History Center is in St. Peter, MN, just off US Highway 169.

1851 N. Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082

Accessible parking
A free parking lot is available at the site.
Two disability parking spots are located near the museum’s entrance.
The parking lot and sidewalk are paved.

Service animals are welcome
First aid kits are available.
Restrooms on-site are wheelchair accessible.

For visitors with mobility disabilities
The History Center is a single-floor venue.
Public restrooms in the History Center include accessible facilities and diaper-changing stations.

The Nicollet County Historical Society was organized on August 22, 1928. From its home in the Treaty Site History Center, the Nicollet County Historical Society preserves, protects, and interprets the history of Nicollet County and the state of Minnesota.

The Treaty Site History Center features a nationally recognized and award-winning exhibit on the Traverse des Sioux Treaty of 1851 and its consequences. Other features of interest include local history exhibits, a gift shop, and a full-service research archive.

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