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The Mdewakanton Dakota from Little Crow's Village or Kaposia (seasonal home) made their summer home in the area that is today Little Canada because of the abundant fishing and hunting resources. The first white settlers in the region were French-Canadians. Many of the descendants of these settlers still reside in Little Canada. The city's largest lake, Lake Gervais, was named after Benjamin Gervais. He was the first white man to claim land here in 1844.
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The Little Canda History Cener is attached to the Little Canada City Center located at 515 Little Canada Road East. From the south, take 35E north to Little Canada Road. Take a right at that exit. We're about a mile down on the left hand side in front of the water tower. From the north, take 35E south to Little Canada Road. Take a left at that exit. We're about a mile down on the left hand side in front of the water tower.
Yes, we offer several gifts of history from which to choose.
Our genealogy database has information on 752,000 individuals and families. Records on some families are quite complete and accurate while others may have only minimal or unsubstantiated information.
Yes. We have completely mapped and recorded the information contained on all grave markers at St. John's Cemetery. Please refer to our exhibits and collections webpage for details.
The Little Canada History Center is located at 515 Little Canada Road East, Little Canada, MN 55117. Our office hours are:Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.We are closed on federal holidays.
The first white settlers in the region were French-Canadians.