About Us

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
  • Kris Akin, President
  • Doreen Kennedy, Vice President
  • Lynn Stegmaier, Secretary
  • Duane Kaczmarek, Treasurer


  • Mandy Clementz
  • Bob Helman
  • Dodie Helman
  • Don Holz
  • Mike McMenomy
  • Mary Stazcak
  • Bill Waldschmidt
  • Mary Waldschmidt
  • Sandy Weber

Cynthia Wise, 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.


Dakota City Heritage Village has an opening for a part time Resource Development and Building Manager. This position is somewhat flexible with our seasonal events and programs.

If interested, please send a resume or letter of interest to Kris Akin, Dakota City Heritage Village, 4008 220th Street West, Farmington, MN 55024 or email to president@dakotacity.org

Resource Development and Building Manager
Reports to: Reports to DCHV President and takes work direction from Office and Program Coordinator.

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 President and discussion with Office and Program Coordinator.
• 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, housekeeping and storage.
• Oversee and report the environment and conditions of buildings, equipment, artifacts and storage areas to the Office and Program Coordinator.
• 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 to the Office and Program Coordinator.
• 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 village building toilets and oversee sewer maintenance. Schedule Drugstore sewer holding tank emptying as needed.
• 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 with DCAS to clear snow and that sanding and salting sidewalks is covered 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.
• Oversee the position of 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, working with Office and Program Coordinator and DCHV Facilities Chair.
• Paint building interiors and artifacts as required. (May coordinate these projects using DCHV volunteers to do the actual work)
• Coordinate and execute moving or relocation of artifacts, equipment and supplies as required.

Volunteer Recruitment
• Coordinate volunteer recruitment needs and activities with Education staff person, Office and Program Coordinator and DCHV committees.
• Conduct and/or arrange for volunteer orientation and training.
• Schedule all volunteer activity, with the exception of Education tours and programs.
• Develop and manage volunteer policies, procedures, and standards of volunteer service.
• Evaluate all aspects of volunteer programs to ensure effectiveness and to recommend/implement changes as appropriate.
• Maintain accurate record/database of volunteers.
• Work with Marketing Committee to publicize opportunities for volunteers.
• Provide ongoing support and guidance for volunteers.
• Act as a single point of contact for communications with volunteers to resolve grievances and promote cooperation and interest.

Resource Development
• Support and partner with the board members on all major fundraising initiatives
• Actively work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a development strategy to include corporate, foundation, government grants, etc.
• Oversee research for funding sources with Executive Board.
• Develop and maintain relationships with local organizations to build partnerships.

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