“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Churchill in Chippewa County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Lac qui Parle Mission

Lac qui Parle Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, June 29, 2021
1. Lac qui Parle Mission Marker
Inscription.  “Considering how different all their thoughts are from ours and how unlike to everything which they have ever seen or heard would be the whole way of salvation, it is not to be expected that we could make them understand or believe much of what we would wish to tell them even if we understood their language till we have learned their manner of thinking & they have been convinced by our manner of living among them that we are their friends and speak the truth." - Thomas S. Williamson, Lac qui parle May 16, 1836

The Lac qui Parle Mission opened in 1835, a time when Dakota people remained in control of the region and their lives. The missionaries and their families were guests in a land that did not belong to them. The station closed in 1854, the year after the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux was ratified, leaving Dakota people a fragment of their homelands as a reservation within the United States.

This exhibit was begun in 2013-14 by students in a public history course at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, in collaboration with the Nicollet County Historical Society. It was finished in 2016

Lac qui Parle Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, June 29, 2021
2. Lac qui Parle Mission Marker
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by Carrie Reber Zeman in conjunction with the Minnesota Historical Society. Made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.

Other Places, Other Stories
The Lac qui parle is part of a larger story. We encourage you to visit other places like the Lac qui parle Historical Society, the Chippewa County Historical Society, the Upper and Lower Sioux Agency Historic Sites, Historic Fort Snelling, Traverse des Sioux, the Renville County Historical Society, and the Pond-Dakota Mission Park.

Caption: Artist's conception of the original church at Lac qui parle by Wyn Greene, 1964.
Erected 2016 by Gustavus Adolphus College; Nicollet County Historical Society; Minnesota Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkChurches & ReligionNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
Location. 45° 1.38′ N, 95° 52.074′ W. Marker is near Churchill, Minnesota, in Chippewa County. Marker is on 140th Avenue Northwest (County Road 32) near 1st Street West (County Road 13), on the right when traveling north. Located at the Lac qui Parle Mission State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watson MN 56295, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within

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walking distance of this marker. Lac qui Parle Mission & Fort Renville (a few steps from this marker); Williamson Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Acculturation & Autonomy (within shouting distance of this marker); Missionaries at Lac qui Parle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dakotas at Lac qui Parle (about 300 feet away); The ABCFM (about 300 feet away); Huggins Cabin (about 300 feet away); The Dakota (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Churchill.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 8, 2022