Saturday, July 14, 2012

Auto Tour

In a Continuation of the
US – Dakota War 150th Anniversary
Brown County Historical Society
Sleepy Eye Historical Society

Stop 1: Dakota Reservation Marker dedication
Stop 2: Brown Family Ambush Marker dedication
Stop 3: Iberia Cemetery commemoration
Stop 4: Sigel Cemetery commemoration

Saturday, August 18th, 2012
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Leavenworth, Stark & Sigel Township
Brown County, Minnesota

Planned as an auto tour, one can attend any or all events.  Start times are approximate.  The route includes some gravel roads.  None of the stops have bathrooms.  Please provide your own transportation.  Respect others property.

Call the Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society for more information on locations
(507) 794-5053

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wooldrik Park

Wooldrik Park

A statue of Ish Tak Ha Ba (Chief Sleepy Eye) was unveiled and dedicated in Wooldrick Park on July 4th, 1994.

The bronzed statue stands eight-feet tall and is placed atop a Morton granite base surrounded by a brick sidewalk.  It is located in the small landscape park next to the post office, on First Avenue North.  The statue was sculpted by JoAnne Bird, a member of the Wahpeton-Sisseton Band of Dakota (Sioux) Native Americans.

She was contracted by the Sleepy Eye Area Foundation (SEAF) to do the statue, as she was a Native American with outstanding artistic ability.  Later, it was learned that she is also from the same band of Dakota Native American as Ish Tak Ha Ba.

According to SEAF treasurer Judy Beech, Sleepy Eye is the first city in the nation to have a full-sized bronze statue of a person if Native American descent in true likeness.

The project, including park improvements, had a total cost of $200,000.  A plaque lists names of contributors to the project.  A postcard and print of the statue is also available.