The Chippewa County Historical Society will host the 60th annual Lac qui Parle Mission Sunday on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

The Chippewa County Historical Society will host the 60th annual Lac qui Parle Mission Sunday on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

The day will begin with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. led by Dr. Reverend Clifford Canku, and will feature the Dakota Ascension Choir and the hymn “Lac qui Parle”, which was composed by Joseph Renville. This hymn has been in the Dakota Odowan since 1846, and the words are based on Jeremiah 10:12-13. The hymn was translated into English by Philip Frazier, a third generation Dakota pastor in the Congregational church. It is perhaps the most widely known Christian Indian hymn in the United States, a legacy to all people from the Santee Dakota, who still sing it in their native language. The hymn will be sung in both English and Dakota at the worship service.

A potluck lunch will be held at 12:00 p.m. near the dam site. Coffee and juice will be provided and we ask that you bring a dish to pass, plates, napkins, eating and serving utensils and a folding chair for your convenience at the noon potluck. Bug spray might also be needed.

The afternoon program will begin approximately at 1:00 p.m. back up at the Mission site. This year’s program will be presented by Dr. Reverend Clifford Canku. His presentation will focus on the book he co-authored with Michael Simon, 'Dakota Prisoner of War Letters, 1862-1865', which highlights and discusses translations of letters written by Dakota men imprisoned at Camp Kearney, Davenport, Iowa after the U/S.-Dakota War for three years.

Additional topics will include the 'History of Dakota Presbytery' by Mr. Floyd Decoteau and others.

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