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June 30, 2008

Library & Archives News Launched

Filed under: Interesting Information, Resources — @ 4:26 pm

A new MHS e-newsletter launched today. The Library & Archives News will be a bi-monthly e-newsletter with information on the library, archives, and collections’ blogs and podcasts, new acquisitions, new resources, the latest display in the library lobby, a research tip of the month, and anything else we can think of to add.

Want to subscribe? Go to the e-newsletter subscription page to sign-up.

It is too late to get the June issue delivered to your email in-box, but you will be able to find that issue online shortly.

Got ideas you would like to see in the e-newsletter, or a tip of the month to suggest? Send your comments to Kathie.

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June 27, 2008

11th Civil War Symposium & Reenactment

Filed under: Conferences — @ 1:58 pm

Abraham Lincoln as War President

Where: Cantigny First Division Foundation. First Division Museum, Wheaton, Illinois

When: Saturday October 18, 2008, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


  • The Emancipation Proclamation as a War Measure (Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School)
  • Current Lincoln Scholarship (Harold Holzer, United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission)
  • Lincoln Records in the National Archives (Trevor Plante, National Archives and Records Administration)
  • President Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant (John Y Simon, Ulysses S. Grant Association)
  • Lincoln and the Copperhead Movement in Illinois (Thomas Schwartz, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library)

Living History re-enactors will be on display during the Symposium. Teachers can earn continuing education credits. Cost:

  • General Public: $40.00
  • Teachers/Civil WAr Round Table Members: $20.00
  • Students and Senior Citizens: $10.00.

More information contact: National Archives—Great Lakes Region, 7358 South Pulaski Roud, Chicago, IL 60629, 773-938-9001, fax 773 948 9050, e-mail:

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June 26, 2008

40th Algonquian Conference in Minneapolis

Filed under: Conferences — @ 9:01 am

The 40th ALGONQUIAN CONFERENCE will be held at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis 24-26 October 2008. This is an international meeting for researchers working in the area of Algonquian studies. We invite papers on all topics in Algonquian studies, including anthropology, archaeology, art, biography, education, ethnography, ethnobotany, folklore, geography, history, language education, linguistics, literature, music, politics, psychology, religion, and sociology. Papers must not be longer than 20 minutes, with 10 minutes allowed for discussion. Papers may be given in English, French, or an Algonquian language.


Presentations will begin Friday morning, October 24, and will finish Sunday noon, October 26. There will be a reception on Thursday night, October 23. Registration fees (payable by check to the 40th Algonquian Conference) are $75, received prior to the 15th of September; late registration fees after that date are $90. The student rate is $40 before September 15, and $50 thereafter. (All amounts are payable in US or Canadian funds. We do not accept credit card payments.) The conference will be held on the East Bank campus in Minneapolis at the Radisson University Hotel on Friday and in nearby university buildings on Saturday and Sunday. The conference is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the departments of American Indian studies, American studies, anthropology, and history, and by the linguistics program.


The due date for submissions is September 3, 2008. If you are interested in making a presentation, please send a title and abstract (maximum 1 page, 12 point font, 1 inch margin) to The subject line of your email must read “Algonquian Conference” and the text of your email message must include your name, postal address, institution, telephone numbers and fax number, and the electronic address of each speaker. Indicate your AV requirements.


If email submission is not possible, you can fax the submission to the attention of John Nichols at 612-626-7904, or you may send a copy of the abstract to the organizing committee: Organizing Committee of the 40th Algonquian Conference, c/o John D. Nichols Department of American Indian Studies University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 19 Scott Hall, 72 Pleasant St. S.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 USA.


A limited number of rooms are being held at the Radisson University Hotel at an Algonquian Conference rate of $129 (plus13.15% taxes; there is an additional charge for parking), single or double, for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. You are urged to reserve a room early. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at 612-379-8888, or through its toll free hotel number at 1-800-822-6757 or through Radisson Worldwide at 1-800-333-3333. The hotel will honor reservations received by 9/25/08. Reservations received after this date are subject to space availability and at the prevailing room rates. All room reservations must be guaranteed for late arrival and secured with a deposit equal to the first night’s room and tax or with a major credit card.

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June 25, 2008

July Monthly Meeting

Filed under: Monthly Meetings — @ 9:48 am

We will gather for the monthly research meeting at our regular day—this coming Tuesday, July 1, from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Publications offices’ Knight Research Suite.  Two “new” researchers may join us, both working on topics related to the memory of the Dakota War.  Marcia Anderson and Debbie Miller will talk a bit about possible presentations or sessions for the Algonquin History Conference planned for the Twin Cities this October.  (Please see the separate blog posting about this conference.)


If you can’t make the meeting but would like to send a message to the group (raising a question, asking for research help, making an announcement, or offering a suggestion), let Debbie or Kathie know. We can even post your message on the blog, if you want, and you can receive “virtual” answers! We look forward to hearing about your current and planned research projects. Please let Kathie know if you would like to remove your name from the monthly reminder list.


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June 19, 2008

Rhoda Gilman Honored

Filed under: Colleagues — @ 2:41 pm

Rhoda Gilman and her daughter, Betsy Raasch-Gilman, have won the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation Honorary Award for Peace and Justice. They will be honored at a public event sometime in November.Congratulations, Rhoda, on winning this honor for your accomplishments in fostering peace and justice in our society.


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June 17, 2008

Minnesota History Books for Non-Historians

Filed under: Books — @ 2:34 pm

Ann P. suggested that we create a list of our favorite Minnesota history books that we would recommend to non-historians. To send in suggestions, please use the comments function at the bottom of this posting (on the actual blog).

We think the links problem is now fixed! If you still run into problems using the links, send in a comment about that, too.

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June 11, 2008

150 Best Minnesota Books Blog

Filed under: Books — @ 1:46 pm

Check out Patrick Coleman’s 150 Best Minnesota Books blog.

Coleman, the Minnesota Historical Society’s acquisition librarian, will over the course of this sesquicentennial year designate the greatest 150 Minnesota books. (The list is currently at number 18.) He will anoint these books twice a month.

Coleman writes, “We realize that any such list is subjective and open to other opinions, which we strongly encourage.” He further states that readers should feel free to both add to and take issue with his selections.

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June 6, 2008

Award-Winning Books

Filed under: Books, Interesting Information — @ 9:25 am

Two Minnesota Historical Society Press authors — and members of the researchers group — earned top honors from the American Association for State and Local History:

  1. Annette Atkins for the book Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out (WOW Award, Award of Merit),
  2. Bruce White for the book We Are At Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People (Award of Merit).


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June 5, 2008

Tour of Dakota Conflict Sites in June

Filed under: Events — @ 8:59 am

The Redwood county and Renville County historical societies will jointly host a tour of sites related to the 1862 US-Dakota War on Saturday June 21, 2008, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The next day, Don Heinrich Tolzmann, director of German-American Studies at the University of Cincinnati, will speak on his book “German-American Pioneer Accounts of the Great Sioux Uprising.” Sponsored by the Renville County Historical Society, Tolzmann’s talk will be at the Olivia Public Library on Sunday June 22, 2008, beginning at 2 p.m.

Contact Jill Wohnoutka, 507-697-6147, for more information on either event.

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