On Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m.-12 noon, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will hold a rededication ceremony for the Nicollet Marker at Pipestone National Monument. The DAR recently restored the historic plaque commemorating the expedition that visited this region in 1838. The program will begin with remarks in the Visitor Center followed by a walk on the Circle Trail to view the marker. Refreshments will be provided by the DAR.
Nicollet showed great respect for the American Indian peoples and nations he encountered, though his expeditions and the others that followed facilitated the increasing westward expansion that would lead to untold hardship for Native peoples.
“We invite the public to join the National Park Service in reflecting on this complex aspect of the region’s history,” said Monument Superintendent Lauren Blacik.
The DAR have had a pivotal role in creating the monument and installing, maintaining, and recently restoring the historic bronze plaque. They purchased the title to the land around the Three Maidens in an effort to protect the granite boulders.
“DAR records show they named their chapter the Catlinite Chapter as they hoped to aid in preserving the relics and traditions of the region,” according to Faye Leach, the Minnesota State Regent of the Minnesota State Society Daughters of the American Revolution.