About Us
Overview

In 1859, a village was platted about a mile northeast of Farmington, Minnesota. This little town, named Dakota City, was positioned on the south bank of the Vermillion River along the stagecoach route now known as Highway 3. When the railroad was laid a mile to the southwest of Dakota City, the town was relocated to be near it, and in 1872 became known as Farmington.

Our village, named Dakota City after the original platted town on the banks of the Vermillion River, was established in 1978 and is located on the Dakota County Fairgrounds. It represents a typical rural Dakota County village of 1900.

Present day Dakota City is a 1900-era agricultural village and museum. Twenty-two buildings, including an operational blacksmith shop, newspaper office, train depot and family home, represent the business and social center of a rural 1900-era community.

Live interpretations and demonstrations can be experienced during living history events held throughout the year. Group tours, Scout tours, special programs, birthday parties and weddings are scheduled by appointment. The museum features exhibits relating to rural life, and an extensive collection of tractors and other agricultural equipment dating before 1950 are displayed during the Dakota County Fair.

Dakota City is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to preserve our heritage for future generations with the help of generous donors and exceptional volunteers.

Mission Statement
Dakota City Heritage Village connects, through education and interpretation, current generations to the life and agricultural heritage of early twentieth century rural Dakota County.

Vision Statement
Dakota City Heritage Village is to be the best representation of early twentieth century agricultural heritage and life in Dakota County.

Board of Directors
  • Bob Helman, President
  • Lynn Stegmaier, Secretary
  • Duane Kaczmarek, Treasurer

Directors

  • Kris Akin
  • Dodie Helman
  • Don Holz
  • Doreen Kennedy
  • Mike McMenomy
  • Dan McNulty
  • Penny Tollefsrud
  • Dan McNulty
  • Bill Waldschmidt
  • Mary Waldschmidt
Staff

Diane Schmidtke, Office Coordinator
Alisa Peterson, Education/Volunteer Coordinator
Lynn Stegmaier, Volunteer Curator
Pearl Shirley, Volunteer Office
Duane Kaczmarek, Volunteer Treasurer

Annual Reports

The Dakota City Annual Report is presented at the annual meeting held each year on the 2nd Saturday of November. Members of Dakota City are invited to attend this meeting, and have voting rights to elect the Board of Directors.

 

Board Meetings

Board Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7pm in Ahlberg Hall. Board meetings are open to the public and any interested volunteers are welcome to attend.

Employment

Program & Office Coordinator, Dakota City Heritage Village

Reports to: President of Dakota City Heritage Village Board

Please send resume and introduction letter to Bob Helman, President, Dakota City Heritage Village, 4008 220th Street West, Farmington, MN 55024 or email to president@dakotacity.org

Questions? Please call (651) 460-8050 with your name and phone number.

General Overview of Job Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and support for the activities and assets of Dakota City Heritage Village (DCHV), including programming, publicity, public relations, employee and volunteer management and long range planning to include fundraising.
  • Support and communicate the mission of Dakota City Heritage Village and oversee adherence to Articles of Incorporation and organization’s By-Laws.
  • Work cooperatively with the Dakota County Agricultural Society to build on our operations agreement/relationship to grow and improve programming for the mutual benefit of both organizations.
  • Part time position limited to 1040 hours per year. The hours worked may vary from week to week but will not exceed more than 20 hours in one week without specific approval from the President of the DCHV Board.

Fiscal Oversight

  • Responsible for financial management for the organization; ensuring long term sustainability and organizational viability.
  • Assist in the preparation of annual operational budgets in conjunction with the DCHV Finance Committee for Board of Director approval in a timely manner.
  • Oversee and provide regular financial reports to the board of directors.
  • Manage and monitor income and expenditures to adequately provide for programs and overhead costs.
  • Adhere to applicable state and federal laws and regulations for a nonprofit organization; includes IRS filing requirements, State of MN registration, etc.
  • Prepare and submit grant applications and required grant reports in a timely manner.
  • Perform basic book keeping tasks including processing third party invoices for payment, processing donations and other deposits. Provide regular financial reports to the DCHV board of directors.

Program Management

  • Provide operational and informational updates and reports to the Board of Directors. Attend Dakota County Agricultural Society (DCAS) Board meetings or committee meetings as requested.
  • Work with staff, Dakota County Agricultural Society and volunteers to help plan programs and events at the Village during the Dakota County Fair and throughout the year, to include funding resources and evaluation.
  • Execute and administer grant contracts, grant reporting, vendor invoices and vendor contracts and partnerships as needed for the organization.
  • Coordinate potential acquisition efforts and maintenance, repairs and improvements of the artifacts and facilities.
  • Produce printed materials intended for public distribution including, but not limited to, letters, invitations, flyers, posters, brochures, website and newsletters for approval by the DCHV Marketing Committee Chair.
  • Assist the Volunteer Coordinator with cultivating volunteers and providing oversight and recognition activities.
  • Ensure overall program integrity, program quality/excellence and customer/volunteer satisfaction.

Marketing and Public Relations

  • Act as an ambassador for the DCHV, serve as spokesperson, advocate and educator.
  • Work with the DCHV Marketing Committee to develop an effective marketing plan that uses limited dollars to maximum potential. Manage oversight for a well maintained website.
  • Promote public awareness through speaking engagements, news media, interviews, educational events, publications, etc.
  • Develop and cultivate donor relationships with grants managers, government agencies, and community organizations, corporate and individual donors.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four year degree or a minimum of 3 years’ experience managing events and programs involving the public, staff and volunteers to include supervisory experience and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize standard office software and technology; basic understanding of QuickBooks.
  • Familiarity with non-profit operations and financial reporting requirements.
  • Proven project and people management skills.
  • Self-directed, able to prioritize competing tasks to achieve organizational goals.
  • Excellent speaking and writing abilities.

DCHV Part Time Pay Scale            $11.00 – $18.80

 

Maintenance Assistant, Dakota City Heritage Village    

posted April 22, 2017   Open until filled.

Reports to: President DCHV Board.

Please send resume and introduction letter to Bob Helman, President, Dakota City Heritage Village, 4008 220th Street West, Farmington, MN 55024 or email to president@dakotacity.org

Questions? Please call (651) 460-8050 with your name and phone number.

General Overview of Job Responsibilities

  • Part time position limited to 1040 hours per year. The hours worked may vary from week to week but will not exceed more than 20 hours in one week without specific approval from the DCHV Facilities Chairperson.
  • Unlock/Open building and set up demonstration props and other materials as needed for School Tours, Summer camps and special events. Close and secure buildings and store props after the completion of tours, camps and special events.
  • Provide minor maintenance support for the activities and assets of Dakota City Heritage Village (DCHV), including light maintenance, minor repairs, housekeeping and storage.
  • Oversee the environment and conditions of buildings, equipment, artifacts and storage areas.
  • Provide general housekeeping duties to include vacuuming and carpet cleaning, replacing light bulbs, filters, and batteries as needed, maintaining sidewalks and keeping areas free of debris. Performs other janitorial duties as assigned. Reports maintenance of building and equipment needs, as well as supply needs.
  • Work cooperatively with the Dakota County Agricultural Society to build on our organizational agreement/relationship to maintain and protect DCHV’s buildings, artifacts and equipment, for the mutual benefit of both organizations.

Program, Building and Equipment Support

  • Removes and disposes of waste materials.
  • Maintain and clean building toilets and oversee sewer maintenance. Schedule Drugstore sewer holding tank emptying once a year.
  • Maintain and clean wood stoves. Oversee chimney cleaning every three years.
  • Check for and report any pest infestations:  wasps, mice, bats, squirrels, wood chuck and treat as directed.
  • Monitors, programs and maintains the dehumidification and temperature control systems in the museum and DCHV buildings.
  • Works outdoors to shovel and plow snow and sand and salt sidewalks for special events.
  • Deliver, position and post signage as needed.
  • Oversee the storage and delivery of decorations, supplies, equipment to buildings as needed. Keep detailed inventory of the same.
  • Move and position benches, stands, awnings, garbage cans and trolley stops as needed for the special events in Dakota City.
  • Reports existing or potential mechanical, electrical or safety issues.
  • Reports supply and equipment needs, providing quotes when needed.
  • Paint building interiors and artifacts as required.
  • Coordinate and execute moving or relocation of artifacts, equipment and supplies as required.
  • Provides minor restoration and carpentry for identified projects.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

  • High School diploma
  • Valid Class “D” Minnesota Driver’s License
  • Demonstrable skills in light maintenance.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Self-directed, use good judgement and able to prioritize competing tasks to achieve organizational goals. Able to handle requests and issues prioritizing needs appropriately.

DCHV Part Time Pay Scale  $10.25-$16.50