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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 technology.

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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Community Support

A number of historians graciously shared their time, expertise and skills as information for the site was developed. Sincere thanks to:

  • 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 Society.
  • 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

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Project coordination and content development

History Education and Interpretation Services
2667 Parkview Blvd.
Robbinsdale, MN 55422

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Web design and services

Clearsite New Media
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 to
ensure their accuracy. However, new discoveries and clarifications are
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:
Stan Gustafson
Economic Development Coordinator
City of Faribault
208 1st Avenue NW
Faribault, MN 55021

Major resources and suggestions for further reading on the wide scope
of topics touched on within the Lives and Times site are listed below.

Anderson, Gary C. and Alan Woolworth, eds. Through Dakota Eyes. Narrative Acconts of the Minnesota Indian War of 1862. Minnesota Historical Society:1988.

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, Minnesota.

Curtiss-Wedge, Franklyn , compiler. History of Rice and Steele counties, Minnesota. Chicago : H.C. Cooper, Jr., 1910.

Diedrich, Mark

  • 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 Co., 1882.

Meyer, Roy Willard. History of the Santee Sioux : United States Indian policy on trial. Rev. ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c1993.

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 of Minnesota:1971.

Swanberg, L.E. Then & now : a history of Rice County, Faribault & communities.

Tanner George Clinton. Fifty Years of Church Work in the Diocese of Minnesota 1857-1907. Publication Committee:1909.

Tschofen, Carmen.

  • Hometown History: Looking at Faribault, Minnesota. Faribault Heritage
    Preservation Commission: 1996.
  • Guide Handbook: Faribault Heritage Preservation Tours. Faribault Heritage
    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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Funding Statement

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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Preservation Education in Local Schools

Community Support

Project coordination and content development

Web design and services


Funding Statement

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