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May 26, 2009

In Search of Lorenzo Lawrence

Filed under: Podcasts and Slideshows — Ellen Miller @ 12:24 pm

In Search of Lorenzo Lawrence is a story about identity lost and found. Dr. Elden Lawrence (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) is a Dakota scholar and writer. For the past several years, Elden has been doing research in the MHS collections, trying to find out more about his ancestor Lorenzo Lawrence, who played a key role in the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War. Lorenzo Lawrence is an enigmatic and controversial figure. Well-known in the 1860s, by the late 1880s he disappears into the mists of time. Elden is slowly piecing together the puzzle of Lorenzo’s life. His biggest thrill came in September 2008 when, through a chance meeting with a stranger, he found a photograph of Lorenzo Lawrence.   Directed and produced by Ellen Miller and John Fulton.

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2 Responses to “In Search of Lorenzo Lawrence”

  1. Nancy Says:

    Is there anyway to find out who took the photo of Lorenzo and his mother?

    Ellen Miller reply on May 27th, 2009:

    Elden Lawrence thinks it came from a BIA file.

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