Dakota County Historical Society to host virtual programs

The Dakota County Historical Society will host a virtual genealogy presentation called “Genealogy 101” by Mica Anders on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the program is $10 per person, or $5 for members of the Dakota County Historical Society. To register, please visit (

The presentation will be held via Zoom and registration is required to receive the meeting.

Professional genealogist, Mica Anders, will present “Genealogy 101.” Attendees will learn the skills and records used in basic genealogy. The presentation will cover topics such as how to get started researching your family tree, what is a pedigree chart and how to fill it out, the basics on how to organize your research and records, where and how to access different types of records, such as the Census, birth, marriage, and death records.

Mica Anders is owner of Anders Genealogical Services and is a professional lecturer and oral historian with more than 15 years of experience. Her special interests include African American genealogy and families from Minnesota, Nebraska, and Missouri. She holds a master’s degree in art and enjoys combining her two passions – genealogy and art. Anders is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Netowrk among treaty signers

The Dakota County Historical Society will host a virtual presentation on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. The presentation “Networks Among Treaty Signers” will be presented by Martin Case, a member of the design team for the Smithsonian Museum of American Indian.

Registration is required to receive a link to the presentation invite and passcode. While the event is offered free of charge, donations are encouraged.

The Mendota After Hours presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site, a nonprofit organization that provides financial and volunteer support for the interpretation, development and preservation of the Sibley Historic Site.

Martin Case will present an overview of treaties between the U.S. and indigenous nations. He will discuss the family, business, political and social interests that drove U.S. expansion across the continent.

Case is on the design team for “Why Treaties Matter,” an exhibit of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, and the Minnesota Humanities Center, on permanent display at the State Capitol. He’s the author of “The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property.”

Founded in 1939, The Dakota County Historical Society, preserves, interprets and promotes the history of Dakota County, Minn. DCHS operates three historic sites — Lawshe Memorial Museum at 130 3rd Avenue North in South St. Paul, Minn.; the LeDuc Historic Estate at 1629 Vermillion Street in Hastings, Minn.; and the Sibley Historic Site at 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway in Mendota, Minn. — as well as a research library and research Web site. DCHS memberships range from $25 to $60 for individuals and households. Corporate memberships also are available, starting at $100. Call 651-552-7548 or visit for more information.

May 11, 2022