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Posted by on Jul 23, 2014

While walking into our museum have you ever noticed and wondered about that painting we have hanging on the opposite wall? His name is Alonzo Jay Edgerton.  And while you may think...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2014

The Board will meet April 17 – 6:30  pm. at the Museum in Mantorville Call 635.5508 or dchs@kmtel for more...

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2014

Stop on by the Dodge County Historical Society Museum for a chance to look at the living history displays, along with the great buildings we have on our campus.  There will also be...

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Programs

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014

Ever wondered what it would be like to go to school in a one room school house? Well here is your chance to find out! You’re invited to two hours of school in the One Room...

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The Painting Staring At You As You Walk In

While walking into our museum have you ever noticed and wondered about that painting we have hanging on the opposite wall?

IMG_0280His name is Alonzo Jay Edgerton.  And while you may think that he is displayed solely for his very fashionable beard, he was also a very important citizen of Dodge County.  General Edgerton was a United States Senator and a Pioneer of Dodge county.

Alonzo Jay Edgerton arrived in Mantorville in 1855,  with his wife, of five years, Sarah Curtis.  He practiced law for 23 years here in Dodge County, except for when he served his country.  In 1862 he entered the army as Captain of Company B, 10th Minnesota Infantry and was promoted to Colonel two years later.  In the summer of 1865 he was promoted to Breveted Brigader-General in the district of Louisiana.

“…He was not only cool and courageous in the hour of danger, but very popular with the soldiers under him…”

- Pg 405 of The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Minnesota Volume, 1879

 

Shortly after arriving in Dodge County, General Edgerton was elected Prosecuting Attorney, where he served for one term.  He was also elected to the state senate in 1858 and again in 1876.

In 1871  General Edgerton was appointed as the first Minnesota Railroad Commissioner for four years.  While in this post he was described as the “people’s commissioner, gaurding with the utmost faithfulness their interests, without doing injustice to the railroad corporations” (Pg 405, The United States Biographical Dictionary).  In the spring of 1878 he moved to Kasson, where he still practiced law.

“His dignified presence, and his easy and conciliatory manners, combined with great earnestness and sincerity, strongly and favorably impress a jury; hence his success as an attorney-at-law”

- Pg 405, The United States Biographical Dictionary

 

General Edgerton later moved to South Dakota where he served as Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court of Dakota for four years and resided there until his death in 1896.

He was also a Knight Templar among the Masons and held offices in both the Grand Chapter and the Grand Lodge.

Now that you know a little more about General Edgerton we hope that you will stop by the museum and meet him in person!

The Fair Was a Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped set up and man the Log Cabin during the fair this past week.  You all did a wonderful job!

Also thank you to all of you who stopped by.  We appreciate your support and hope that you enjoyed the objects we had on display!

Who look forward to seeing you here at the museum sometime in the near future.

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

The Dodge County Historical Society

One Room School House Sessions

Ever wondered what it would be like to go to school in a one room school house?

Well here is your chance to find out! You’re invited to two hours of school in the One Room School House during Stagecoach Days!

You can sign up for one of our sessions taking place on June 28th from 9-11 am or June 29th from 11 am – 1 pm*

Children in grades 1-3 are welcome.

Please call us or Mary Ann at  635-5508 or e-mail us at dchs@kmtel.com and we will save you a desk!

We Have a limit of 15 Students each day, so please sign up soon.

Hope to see you there!

 

Donations are welcome.

 

*Since this session takes place during the lunch hour please make sure that your child is fed beforehand. Thank you!

 

Stagecoach Days in Mantorville – June 28th & 29th

Stop on by the Dodge County Historical Society Museum for a chance to look at the living history displays, along with the great buildings we have on our campus.  There will also be an opportunity to participate in the hawk throw and archery activities.

Downtown there will be a lot of fun activities. Activities include a costume contest, a book signing, an art show, a bean bag tournament, a melodrama and a fantasy picnic.

The Music stage downtown will be featuring the bluegrass band The High 48s, along with the local bluegrass gospel band Cabin Fever and more!

So stop on by Mantorville for a great time!Music Stage Poster

Book Release – May 17

The long awaited copy of the 1900 Court Transcript “Slingerland vs Slingerland” will be available on May 17 at the Dodge County Historical Society Museum at 1:00 pm. Anna Slingerland, a young woman, married Tunis, a wealthy man, in his 6o’s, when she became pregnant.  See here for the rest of the story.

Board of Directors

The Board will meet April 17 – 6:30  pm. at the Museum in Mantorville

Call 635.5508 or dchs@kmtel for more information.

Annual Meeting

The Dodge County Historical Society Annual Meeting will be held on March 15th.
“Old School Café” in Mantorville.
Social hour 5:00 PM – Dinner 6:00 – Meeting 7:15
Choice for Dinner    Chicken Kiev - Barbeque Ribs
Contact dchs@kmtel for your dinner choice.

 

 

Visit the Museum

The Dodge County Historical Society Museum is located in Mantorville at 615 N Main St.  It is on the W side of Highway #57 directly across from the Dodge County Courthouse.

Hours change frequently, but as of December 4, 2013 someone will be at the Museum, Monday – Thursday from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm.  Please give us a call at 507.635.5508 if you are planing to visit.  Or send an e-mail to dchs@kmtel.com