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Scene from 1999 Dakota County Chautauqua
Scene from 1999 Dakota County Chautauqua. Photo: Jean Beckman, Dakota City Heritage Village

Dakota County Sesquicentennial Celebration

This sesquicentennial celebration, held in 1999, focused on making the county's history accessible and relevant to today's residents. The highlight event was the Dakota Chautauqua, a 75-minute musical production that dramatizes county history. Another featured event was the Homestead Reception honoring descendants of the original settlers of Dakota County. The sesquicentennial is documented in text, a videotape of the Dakota Chautauqua, photographs, news clippings, and the publication Old Days in Dakota County: Pioneer Narratives of Early County History.

Originally submitted by: Bill Luther, Representative (6th District).



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