Learn about Minnesota's 'controversial founding father'

During a 60-minute guided tour at the Sibley History Site, 1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Mendota, visitors can explore the controversial life and career of Minnesota's first governor, Henry Hastings Sibley.

Sibley was a national politician, a founder of the Minnesota Territory and leading architect of its constitution. He was also a newly-arrived fur trader in 1834.

The final date that these tours will be offered is on Aug. 22, at 11 a.m., noon, 1, and 2 p.m.

Participants will be able to tour the Sibley Historic Site as guides lead a discussion about the many views of Sibley, including his reputation as a leader who bridged Dakota and European-American cultures, but also his role in controversial treaty negotiations, as well as in battles and trials against the Dakota, the exile of Dakota people and the punitive expeditions against them after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students, $5 for children ages 6-17. It's free for children ages 5 and under and Minnesota Historical Society members.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call 651-259-3015.


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