Dakota County Historical Society to host presentation on early Black baseball in Minnesota

Posted 6/27/24

The Dakota County Historical Society will host a “Mendota After Hours” presentation at the Sibley Historic Site on Friday, June 28, 2024, at 6 p.m. The presentation “Untold Stories …

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Dakota County Historical Society to host presentation on early Black baseball in Minnesota

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The Dakota County Historical Society will host a “Mendota After Hours” presentation at the Sibley Historic Site on Friday, June 28, 2024, at 6 p.m. The presentation “Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota” will be presented by historian Frank White. Admission for this event is $20 per person, or $15 for members of DCHS and the Minnesota Historical Society.
The Sibley Historic Site is located at 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway in Mendota, Minn. Registration is limited, so contact the Sibley Site at 651-452-1596 to reserve a spot. For more information, or to reserve online, please visit www.dakotahistory.org/sibley-historic-site.
Join Frank White as he shares stories of African American baseball players in Minnesota from the 1870’s to the 1960’s through artifacts, photos, and spoken histories that have been passed through the generations. White’s own father was one of the top catchers in the Twin Cities in his day, a fact that White did not learn until later in life. While the stories tell of denial, hardship, and segregation, they are highlighted by athletes who persevered and were united by their love of the game.
Frank White is an author of the book “They Played for the Love of the Game,” which has been turned into an exhibit in partnership with the Ramsey County Historical Society. The exhibit will be on display with artifacts from White’s private collection through the end of the summer. No admission is required to see the exhibit, but registration is required for the Mendota After Hours program and tours of the Sibley Historic Site.

Founded in 1939, The Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS), 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 -- 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 www.dakotahistory.org for more information.