The Kensington Runestone has been a point of controversy, contention, pride, and interest since it was discovered in 1898 by Swedish immigrant farmer Olof Ohman. Reference Specialist Debbie Miller discusses the story behind this important piece of Minnesota history and some of the resources the Minnesota Historical Society has relating to it. Uppsala University Professor Henrik Williams also gives a brief introduction to what runes are and what they are not.
Archive for September, 2011
Quartermaster’s pistol account for Colonel Napoleon Jackson Tecumseh Dana. Dana would officially be appointed colonel of the 1st Minnesota Regiment on October 10, 1861, replacing Willis Gorman, who had received a promotion to brigadier general.
Col N.T.F. Dana
2 Navy Revolvers
1 Ball Mould
1 Screw Driver
1 Cartridge box”
Citation: September 18, 1861 Pistol account; Daybook, Quartermaster General, 1861-63, p. 239. Minnesota: Adjutant General. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.
The Twenties were a very rich decade for local writers. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair (Red) Lewis, and O. E. Rolvaag all published a novel in 1920 and continued to do so throughout the decade. While the three of them remain in the cannon to this day, the Minnesota Historical Society has identified more than one hundred other novels by other Minnesota writers that received just as much attention at the time. These other writers and novels were widely reviewed and widely read when they were published. Predicting which books would still be in print and read 80 years after they were published would have been impossible.
Come see a selection of these beautiful, interesting books on display in the Library Lobby of the Minnesota Historical Society. The Library is free and open to the public. These will be on display until mid-November.