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Welcome New Neighbor

Welcome New Neighbor explores the resettlement of European refugees in Minnesota at the end of World War II.
Unable to return to their homelands, Displaced Persons sought a safe place to rebuild their lives and support their families. The 1948 Displaced Persons Act required DPs to have evidence of a job offer and a place to live before being granted permission to come to the United States. The Minnesota Displaced Persons Commission coordinated with volunteer social agencies to identify sponsors for families emigrating from Europe.
The images and documents presented in this exhibit come primarily from the Lutheran Church Archives at Gustavus Adolphus College and the Displaced Persons Program Files at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Admission to the History Center is
  • $6 adults
  • $5 seniors ages 65+
  • $4 children ages 5-17.
Free admission
  • NCHS members
  • Children age 4 and younger
  • Gustavus students, faculty, and staff with their campus ID.

Nicollet County Historical Society - Treaty Site History Center

The Treaty Site History Center is located in St. Peter, MN, just off of 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 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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