Keewaydin Chapter
History and Commemorations

Do You Know Keewaydin?
Do you know Keewaydin?
Keewaydin is
The Robust Indian God
Of the Homing Wind.
The North Wind
He is the God
Of Lakes, Forest,
Wild Game, Leaping Fish,
Of Streams that Challenge.
The most Intrepid Canoeist,
He is the God
Of the Out-of-Doors
And He dwells in Minnesota.

-- Attributed to a Keewaydin Chapter Founder.   From the 25th Anniversary 1930-31 Yearbook.

The Henry Hastings Sibley House
(Mendota, Dakota Co, Minnesota)

Built in 1836, it was the first stone house in Minnesota.  General Henry Hastings Sibley was manager
of the American Fur Company, the regional trade operation that was located by his home.
In 1858, he became the first Minnesota Governor.

     In 1910, the Minnesota Society DAR purchased and rehabilitated the Sibley Historic Site
that became Minnesota's first historic museum.   A Tea Room was established at the site
and profits were used for site maintenance.  Keewaydin Chapter Past Regent Gladys Jacobson
managed the Tea Room for many years.

Henry H. Sibley Historic House

In December 2003, after 93 years of ownership and management, the MNSDAR transfered the site
to the Minnesota Historical Society. Currently four DAR members, two of whom are from
Keewaydin Chapter, sit on the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site Board of Directors.

The Minnesota Society DAR Banner

This beautiful velvet DAR banner was presented to the Minnesota Society DAR by
the Minneapolis Regents' Unit in 1920.  Miss Marion Moir of Keewaydin Chapter had the
Insignia embroidered in Paris, France, at a cost of $50.  The banner remains in use today.

DAR French-Embroidered Banner
Photo: "Daughters of the American Revolution Procession, circa 1923-1925"
Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

Commemorative Plaques Placed by Keewaydin Chapter

West High School
(Minneapolis, Hennepin Co, Minnesota)

On Peace Day, 22 May 1912, Keewaydin Chapter presented a patriotic memorial to the new West High School. This panel mural decoration was inscribed with a quotation by Daniel Webster:

"If we work upon marble, it will perish;
If we work upon brass, time will efface it;
If we rear temples, they wil crumble into dust;
But if we work upon mortal minds,
if we imbue them with principles,
with the just fear of God and love of our fellow man,
we engrave on these tablets something which
will brighten all eternity."

West High School, Minneapolis, MN
West High School
The mural no longer exists as the building has since been torn down. *

Bloomington Cemetery
(Bloomington, Hennepin Co, Minnesota)

Sarah Poage, wife of Gideon Pond, was an Actual Daughter of a Revolutionary War patriot. Her father, Col. James A. Poage, rendered his patriotic service in Virginia, where he was born. He married Mary Woods. They later moved to Ohio and founded the town of Ripley, where Sarah was born in 1805. Keewaydin Chapter, in partnership with Maria Sanford Chapter, marked the grave of
Sarah Poage Pond, with an Actual Daughter DAR plaque, in 1928.

Gideon Pond Family Grave Site Sarah Poage Pond Footstone

DAR Actual Daughter Designation Plaque

Gideon Pond House
(Bloomington, Hennepin Co, Minnesota)

Plaque Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Pond Brother's Arrival - Placed by Keewaydin Chapter, NSDAR, in 1934

1834                To Honor                1934
SAMUEL W. and GIDEON H. POND
Volunteer Missionaries to the Dakotas
Who Arrived at Ft. Snelling May 6, 1834
This Tablet is Placed on the House Built
In 1856 by Gideon H. Pond. Near-by is the site
Of the Old Mission House Built of Logs in 1843
Placed June 1934 by Keewaydin Chapter DAR


1906 - 2006
100 th Anniversary Commemoration
 ~ Community Service ~ 
Recognizing Select Individuals with
Monetary Gifts to their Non-Profit Organizations:

Cedar Lake Park Association ~
Friends of the Minnesota Valley ~
Miracles of Mitch Foundation, Inc ~
"Preserving Our Patriotic Heritage" • NSDAR ~
Sibley Historic Site • Minnesota Historical Society ~

Keewaydin Chapter Centennial Cake


From:  Bennett, Dorothy.  Highlights in the History of the Minnesota State Society of
the NSDAR 1891- 1991
.  Minnesota: Minnesota State Society NSDAR,   © 1994.  pp. 30, 63-64.