About this Site
The Lives and Times web site is a
result of the Faribault Heritage Preservation Commission’s
dedication to expanding public access to information which will
support and provide context for preservation efforts in the city.
The Lives and Times site is an outgrowth
of two previous Faribault HPC preservation education initiatives:
the Preserving Faribault’s
Past web site, launched in 2002 and designed to share information
about Faribault’s preservation themes, significant structures,
and history; and the Hometown History print
curriculum developed for the upper elementary and middle-school
level in Faribault Public Schools in 1996.
Preservation Education in Local Schools
Faribault's community offers a wide variety of educational opportunities.
The city is home to a public school system, as well as several parochial
schools, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, state academies for the
blind and deaf, and a strong home-schooling movement. Before beginning
web site development, representatives from each educational institution
were asked to provide information about their potential use and
desired focus for local preservation and history topics. The results
indicated there was a diversity of needs among these educational
systems, as well as considerable limitations on access to web-related
The survey also indicated some areas of commonality in the upper
elementary and middle-school curriculum, and thus site development
was directed in response to these concepts. These factors included:
- A strong interest in the events and implications surrounding
the U.S.- Dakota War.
- A recognition of and curiosity about the many local ties to
the war and related events.
- Budgetary and time constraints which limit local educators’
opportunities to contribute to the development of in-depth information
exploring the local facets of such state and national events.
- An education environment with rapidly changing student standards
and instructional goals.
- The need for content which educators could use in relation to
existing learning activities, rather than suggestions or structures
for new activities.
- The need for information to be downloadable, rather than dependent
on on-line access for individual students.
The result is a web site which presents information in a primarily
text-based format, using a site design appealing to students. The
broad range of information provided here can serve both as background
for educators and as modular content for student investigations.
Further information for teachers
is also contained in the site.
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A number of historians graciously shared their time, expertise
and skills as information for the site was developed. Sincere thanks
- Marilyn Bessler, Mankato.
- Linda McCollough Decker, Church of the Good Shepherd, Maui.
- Francois Faribault, Quebec, Canada.
- Nancy Goodman, Stillwater, Minnesota.
- Lisa Krahn, Sibley House Historic Site, Minnesota Historical
- Roslyn Lightfoot, Executive Director, Bailey House Museum, Maui.
- Jon Velishek, Rice County Historical Society.
- Father James Zotalis, Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour, Faribault.
Additional thanks to Faribault middle school teacher Linda Dean
and her students, who patiently rehearsed and recorded the audio
play included in the site. The recording of the play was made possible
by the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, with Director Catherine
Durivage and audio-visual technician Mark Witte graciously providing
facilities and expertise for the recording process.
Comments or questions about this site can be directed to the Faribault
Heritage Preservation Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Project coordination and content development
History Education and Interpretation Services
2667 Parkview Blvd.
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
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design and services
303 NE 1st Avenue, STE 105
Faribault, MN 55021
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Information contained within the website was developed through
research utilizing a wide variety of primary and secondary sources.
These sources were reviewed to the most reasonable extent possible
ensure their accuracy. However, new discoveries and clarifications
inherent to the process of any historical research. Updated
information for web sites sponsored by the Faribault Heritage
Preservation Commission is welcomed.
Documentation regarding updated information can be sent to:
Economic Development Coordinator
City of Faribault
208 1st Avenue NW
Faribault, MN 55021
Major resources and suggestions for further reading on the wide
of topics touched on within the Lives and Times site are listed
Anderson, Gary C. and Alan Woolworth, eds. Through Dakota Eyes.
Narrative Acconts of the Minnesota Indian War of 1862. Minnesota
Brown, Jennifer S. H. Strangers in blood: fur trade company
families in Indian country. Vancouver : University of British
Columbia Press, 1980.
Buck, Herbert L. Early Fur Trading on the Cannon River, Rice
County. Read at a meeting of the Rice County Historical Society,
October 22, 1934.
Bjork, Kenneth O. The Alexander Faribault house. Minnesota
Historical Society Collections. p. 320-324 : ill. ; 26 cm.
Clark, George L. History of transportation and roads in Rice
County. Faribault, Minn.: Clark, 1976.
Collections of the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour, Faribault,
Curtiss-Wedge, Franklyn , compiler. History of Rice and Steele
counties, Minnesota. Chicago : H.C. Cooper, Jr., 1910.
- Taopi: Farmer Chief of the Mdewakanton Dakota in Minnesota
Archeologist: June, 1981.
- Old Betsey; The life and times of a famous Dakota woman
and her family. Rochester, Minnesota. Coyote Books:1995
Faderman, Lillian. Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History
of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America. Penguin Books:1991.
History of Rice County. Minneapolis :Minnesota Historical
Meyer, Roy Willard. History of the Santee Sioux : United States
Indian policy on trial. Rev. ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska
Minnesota Historical Society collections:
- Bishop Henry B. Whipple records, 1859-1899
- Henry B. Whipple papers, 1833-1934
- Henry B. Whipple scrapbooks, 1850-1932 [microform].
- Mary J. Whipple letters, 1854-1911.
- Whipple-Scandrett family papers, 1829-1959.
Munson, Raymond. Rice County : the story of its discovery and
settlement. Minnesota. Federal Writers Project: 1938.
Nute, Grace Lee. Alexander Faribault In: Minnesota Historical
Society Collections. p. 177-180.
Osgood, Phillips Endecott. Straight Tongue. A Story of Henry
Benjamin Whipple. First Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota. T.S.
Denison & Company, Minneapolis:1958.
Portraits and memories of Rice County, Minnesota. Rice
County Historical Society: 1987.
Scott, Benjamin Ives adn Robert Neslund. The First Cathedral.
Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour: 1987.
Shippee Lester B. , ed. Bishop Whipple's Southern Diary 1834-1844.
University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis:1937.
Slattery, Charles Lewis, Bp. Certain American faces; sketches
from life. New York, E.P. Dutton & Company: 1918.
Steimann, Richard J. The Wapacootas and the white man; the
story of the early development of Faribault. M.A. Thesis, University
Swanberg, L.E. Then & now : a history of Rice County, Faribault
Tanner George Clinton. Fifty Years of Church Work in the Diocese
of Minnesota 1857-1907. Publication Committee:1909.
- Hometown History: Looking at Faribault, Minnesota.
Preservation Commission: 1996.
- Guide Handbook: Faribault Heritage Preservation Tours.
Preservation Commission: 1999.
Whipple, Henry Benjamin. Lights and Shadows of a Long Episcopate.
MacMillan Company, London: 1899.
Zahn, Thomas R. Historic Contexts, City of Faribault.
St. Paul, n.d.
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This project has been financed in part with Federal funds from
the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However,
the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the view or
policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention
of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or
recommendation by the Department of the Interior.
This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification
and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the civil
Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination
on the basis of race, color, national origin, or handicap in its
federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated
against in any program, please write to: Office for Equal Opportunity,
U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box
37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.
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