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Pat Coleman has been a contributer since 2008-06-17 14:30:02.

Website: http://www.mnhs.org

Profile: Coleman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota where he also worked for MINITEX (Minnesota Inter-Library Telecommunications Exchange). In 1979 he became the Acquisition Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society. In that curatorial position he has been responsible for adding approximately 100,000 volumes to the library, making it the premier place for scholarship on all Minnesota topics. He is especially proud of the library's growth in the previously neglected area of Minnesota fiction and poetry. Coleman co-authored a bibliography of the National Nonpartisan League and several articles for Minnesota History, including an award-winning piece on the 1858 treaty with the Yankton Sioux. Related to his work at the MHS, he has lectured recently on topics such as: the history of Minnesota literature; printed accounts of the Mississippi River; the books documenting the Lewis and Clark expedition; the history of the book dust jacket; and on how to read a book. Most recently Coleman can be seen on i-Tunes in a podcast discussing the proud tradition of pulp fiction in Minnesota. Coleman has also served as the President of the Library of Congress's Minnesota Center for the Book. In that capacity, Coleman presided over the Minnesota Book Awards for two years and has served on the MBA steering committee since 1993. He shepherded the Book Awards first to the Minnesota Humanities Commission [where he has served as a board member for the last 8 years] and then to their current home at the Friends of the St. Paul Public library [where he serves on The Friend's Advocacy Committee]. As a member of the Ampersand Club, Coleman has served as an officer and recently presented a program titled "Printing and the Mind of Minnesota". Coleman is an unabashed St. Paul partisan and an Irish Citizen with deep roots in both those communities. His avocational interest includes collecting Irish literature where he has assembled one of the only complete sets of the Cuala Press, which was run by the sisters of W. B. Yeats from 1903 to 1943. His other loves include canoeing, cross-country skiing, and backpacking with Finbar, his golden retriever. Most importantly he is the father of two daughters and grandfather of two boys.

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