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The Gideon and Agnes Pond House

Open House   -   Sunday June 28, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate Gideon’s 199th birthday!  Tours of the house will include details of Gideon’s family and growing up years, and the two apprenticeships that would shape his missionary life. Enjoy birthday cake, and sing Happy Birthday to Gideon himself, portrayed by a costumed reenactor.  Programs and tours are free for children and high school youth and members of the Pond Dakota Heritage Society.  Suggested donation of $2 for non-member adults.

Free Band Concert                           -Sunday June 28, 7:00 p.m.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a concert by the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band on the south lawn of the Pond House. Formed in 1970, the band’s goal is to recapture the spirit of bands at the turn of the twentieth century, when bands were an integral part of their communities.  The John Philip Sousa Memorial Band consists of 40 Twin Cities musicians who volunteer their talents, some for over 20 years.

The Gideon and Agnes Pond House is located in Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th St., Bloomington, between Portland and Nicollet Aves.  For more information contact Mark Morrison at Bloomington Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8693, or after hours call Jay Ludwig at 952-484-0477, or visit, keywords “Pond House”.

Coming soon to the Pond House:

Charles Lanman, Frontier Artist
Sunday July 5,  2 – 4 p.m.
Meet landscape painter, outdoorsman and journalist Charles Lanman, an acquaintance of Seth Eastman, portrayed by local artist Paul Boecher.  Uncover your drawing skills as you sketch with the artist, or watch as he paints “plein air” using watercolors and a paint box.  Discover the life of a frontier artist and what it was like to explore uncharted areas of Minnesota.  Sketching  materials will be supplied, or you may bring your own.

Hope you can join us for these great events at the Pond House!

Jay Ludwig

Pond Dakota Heritage Society