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September 26, 1975 Bicentennial Committee LetterDick Hoeschen, Treasurer of the Bicentennial Committee submits a report to City Manager Patrick McInnis on the efforts of the Committee as it prepares for Bicentennial projects.
Burnsville approves grant for Bicentennial committee 1975A $ 2500 grant has been authorized by the City of Burnsville for the Burnsville Bicentennial Committee. Discussions include a book, a Bicentennial Park, Neighborhood bulletin boards.
Bicentennial Garden Park 1976 eventFlag raising at the dedication of the Bicentennial Garden Park.
Bicentennial Garden Park 1976 eventA photo taken during the dedication of the Bicentennial Garden Park in 1976.
The original Burnsville Historical Society traveling displayWith limited resources and a limited budget, the Burnsville Chapter of the Dakota County Historical Society created their first traveling display consisting of 4 panels. Shown are the first two.
The original Burnsville Historical Society traveling displayWith limited resources and a limited budget, the Burnsville Chapter of the Dakota County Historical Society created their first traveling display consisting of 4 panels. Shown are the last two.
Mimi Nachman and Danni Troch 1979Co-chairs of the Burnsville Bicentennial Garden project of 1976 - shown three years later.
Mimi Nachman One of the volunteers who wrote researched and wrote for the Burnsville 76 A Community History.
Bicentennial Garden Park Dedication of the Bicentennial Garden on Nicollet Avenue.
Richard Brooks 1976Richard Brooks of the Dakota County Library system and a Burnsville resident had a dream that any Burnsville Bicentennial project include the publication of a history of Burnsville. He found pool of volunteers who accomplished his goal - the first published history of Burnsville.
June DillieJune Dillie was one of the volunteers and writers for the Burnsville 76 A Community History Book.
Bea Williams 1976Bea was a volunteer and writer for the Burnsville 76 A Community History project.
Betty Mae Lannon Sodomka 1976The daughter of Bill and Helen Lannon and related to the Connelly's, all Burnsville pioneer families, Betty was active in every attempt to preserve Burnsville History. She helped organize information for teachers to use in schools, coordinated meetings and interviews with pioneers and was a writer for the Burnsville 76 A Community History Book.
Bob Tonra 1976Bob Tonra of the Burnsville School District assisted with the photography and design of the Burnsville 76 A Community History.
Burnsville 76 A Community History team at workMimi Nachman, June Dille, Bea Nordstrom and June Dillie working on the layout of the Burnsville Community History book.
Burnsville 76 A Community History team at workRichard Brooks, Bea Nordstrom and June Dillie working on the Burnsville History book.
Burnsville Community History newsletter - April,1983 Vol. 2 No. 2A quarterly publication of the Burnsville Chapter of the Dakota County Historical Society. This issue featured: KNUT radio in Burnsville, A history of logos including the City of Burnsville and high school logos and Meet a Neighbor - Michael and Mariah Gallagher.
April 1, 1968 Burnsville school's history effortsIn a memo to Charlene Jordan from Darrell Miller -In response to your request for professional leaves of absence for a field exploratory trip by the History of Burnsville Committee, your request is approved....

Cedar Avenue Bridge preserved in art Jan 1981The Dakota County Historical Society's Over the Years Jan, 1981 reports on the Burnsville Chapters history through art project with Burnsville High School students. According to Tina Robertson, then president, the chapter wants to involve students, so they invited John Welckle, a Burnsville teacher to the Board of Directors. The Chapter then contacted Bill Beehler, to see if students might be interested in the project.
Index to tape Historical conversation about Burnsville HistoryBurnsville resident Betty Mae Lannon Sodomka often brought long time Burnsville residents together to remember their history and that of the town. Notes from the late 1960s or early 1970s outlines a tape made including residents - Grace and Ollie Kohls, Pat and Mary Connelly, Bill Connelly, Jim and Anna Connelly, Bill and Helen Lannon and Leo and Josephine Lannon.
The information she preserved would be useful in the production of the Burnsville 76 A Community History book.
You are Burnsville's history 2 pagesAugust, 1979 Letter the Burnsville Historical Society mailed to area businesses and organizations to enlist their involvement in local history. Included is a note to then member Betty Sodomka from Jack Kennelly.
Burnsville Historical Society brochure 2015 One of the informational brochures created by the Historical Society.
Burnsville Historical Society "Club House"Located behind the "The 190 River Ridge Building" in Burnsville is a garage with office space above. The Burnsville Historical Society's goal at this time is not to have a museum, but create the BEST online Historical Society site. From this space the board of directors and volunteers meet to plan and accomplish these projects. The primary emphasis in 2016 -2017 is scanning Burnsville Current Newspapers, photos of people, places and events and clippings that preserve the stories of Burnsville and the surrounding area.
Application cover letter for Burnsville 76 Community History BookThe Burnsville Bicentennial Committee's cover letter to the Minnesota American Revolution Bicentennail Commission for funding to produce a Burnsville History book.
Burnsville Current review of Burnsville 76 A Community History
Bouquets and trumpets for Heritage Committee 1976Burnsville Current owner and editor Mary Ziegenhagen salutes those involved in the writing and production of the Burnsville 76 A Community History Book.
Game plan for the Burnsville 76 Community HIstory BookBetty Lannon Sodomka was very active in the initial development of a plan to write a Burnsville History book. Within her hand written notes she suggests a forward to the book: Burnsville 76 A Community History - We leave to some future committee or writer this book as a challenge and a charge to do better the documentation of the rich history of our community.

Also listed are resources: Neill - the History of Dakota County, Bray - A Million Years in Minnesota - Burnsville Township -Civic and criminal docket 1883 - 1960, Ryberg - Minnesota River from it's mouth at the Mississippi River to New Elm, Bryan - A History of the Sioux Massacre of 1862 and microfilms of the Dakota County Tribune.

She also lists Burnsville residents interviewed.
Burnsville 2000 A Community History CelebrationThe Mayor and City Council of the City of Burnsville cordially invites you to a celebration introducing Burnsville 2000 - A community history...
At the event the Book Committee co-chaired by Marian Geddes and Connie Morrison were acknowledged. The event occured Dcember 17, 1999.
A History of Burnsville 1868 (2 pages)Title: Dakota County. by Mitchell, W. H.
Published in Minneapolis, Tribune printing company, 1868 includes a history of Burnsville.
Burnsville Community History Newsletter April 1984In Vol 3, issue 2, the historical society presents: Farm life shown in the photos of youngsters Edna and Earl Holman on their farm. Burnsville's two month mayor - Donald Holmes. Holmes was transferred to Georgia after only two months as mayor, and former Mayor Al Hall is selected as his replacement. A History of Good Shepherd Church, Burnsville listings in the 1925 Dakota County Farm Directory, Burnsville Civil War vets and "It wasn't always 35W".
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