NEWSBRIEF: Dakota County Historical society receives $89,000 Heritage Partnership Grant

The Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS) received an $89,000 Heritage Partnership Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society. The partnership includes Dakota, Ramsey and Scott County Historical Societies and will allow for public archaeology events to take place throughout the next year under supervision of each county. 

DCHS was awarded the grant in June 2019 and has since hired professional archaeologist Jeremy Nienow, PhD., RPA. Nienow will assist each county with the year-long project to coordinate a series of public programs within each county. The programs will present the project; conduct field days where the public can volunteer to assist; and host artifact identification days. At the conclusion of the project, Nienow will present a final recap of the project and share the results of any analysis conducted on discovered artifacts from each individual county to determine similarities and differences of the artifacts in relation to the counties they were found in.

As part of the partnership, DCHS will host a program, “Public Archaeology in Dakota County,” by Nienow at the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Admisssion is free, but registration is limited.  For more information, visit 

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