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September 18, 2008

Celebrating Minneapolis History

Filed under: Events — @ 4:05 pm

When: Tuesday September 23
Where: Pohlad Hall, Minneapolis Central Library
What: Celebrate the city’s sesquicentennial with a program series featuring local historians, authors, and educators.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Our People and Their Stories
Why did 19th and early 20th century immigrants choose Minneapolis? How did they get here? What was their experience of local culture? How were they accepted?
Presenters: Bill Green, Iric Nathanson, Nina Clark, moderator Hy Berman

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
New Stories from New Arrivals
How did 20th and 21st century immigrants get to Minneapolis? What was their experiences of this new culture and community?
Presenters: Hussein Samatar, Ramon Leon, Chaleng Lee, moderator Renee Reed

Visit with authors and organizations from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Box dinners available for $11 (call 612-630-6081 to order).

Authors and organizations include:
Beth Anderson Erickson, William D. Green, Genny Zak Kieley, Gretchen Kreuter, Anne Gillespie Lewis, Robert Lutz, David C. Smith, Biloini Young, African Development Center, Black Storytellers Alliance, Canadian Genealogical & Heritage Society, East African Women’s Center, Hennepin History Museum, Immigration History Research Center, Mill City Museum, Minneapolis Labor American Genealogical Society, Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota, Swedish American Institute, Walker Art Museum.

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September 12, 2008

Children During World War I

Filed under: Questions from a Researcher — @ 9:07 am

I need to find something relating to World War I for my book about children in Minnesota’s history. It could be a child’s letter or diary entry, a grown-up’s reminiscence, a photo. It’s much easier to find Civil War/children than something about WWI.

Thanks for any help you can give me,
Peg Meier
e-mail, call 612-285-9628, or comment on this posting

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September 8, 2008

Solomon Sibley and 1851 Cholera Epidemic

Filed under: Questions from a Researcher — @ 11:31 am

From Linda B.:

Hello, Researchers!

Thanks for invitation [to the September monthly meeting]. Unfortunately, I am in Fairbanks, AK, with my family (still) and cannot attend, sigh. While I am here visiting, I am perusing the federal docs online service at the University Library and am reading things like the corruption inquiry into Ramsey’s 1851-52 dealings. Very interesting!

I have two items which I would bring up at the meeting, if I could …

1.  I am contemplating Solomon Sibley, father of Henry Sibley. Apparently he himself was representative from Michigan Territory to U.S. Congress in 1820s before being named a judge.

Like father, like son. This goes a long ways toward explaining how worldly and politically savvy Henry Sibley was. He may also have become politically involved in early Minnesota Territory politics and public service on result of advice from Daddy and from brother-in-law Charles Trowbridge of Detroit.

Do researchers know if there are any troves of letters, etc., that reveal these guys’ relationships to Sibley 1848-1860 and any sagely advice given to Sibley about all this?

[Note: There is a short biography of Solomon Sibley is in Wikipedia.]

2.  Have noted in my growing chronology that 1851 appears to have been a year of many child deaths.  Is this a cholera year, or perhaps some other epidemic?

Here are deaths I have found just in my own notes:

  • Basil Ernest Boutwell age 1 dies–I presume at Stillwater.
  • Henry Sibley age 4 dies of pneumonia
  • February 7, 1851 Charles Milton Ely dies, St. Paul, Minn., age 8 and a half
  • February 14, 1851, Emma Catharine Ely dies, St. Paul, Minn., age one and a half.
  • Rev. Fullerton became pastor at Methodist Church in St. Paul; his only child dies

Would appreciate it if you would mention these matters to other researchers and relay any feedback to me.

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September 7, 2008

Oneida Indians and the American Revolution Book Reviews

Filed under: Books — @ 2:40 pm

From Linda B. -  ”Two reviews of a new book on Oneida Indians and the Revolutionary War. The research group includes people looking at Indian rights issues who might be interested in this book. Also, these sorts of books are models for those writing about Indians. The responses give some kind of idea as to how academics receive them–very helpful for some writers.”

Joseph T. Glatthaar and James Kirby Martin.  Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006. xi + 434 pp. Illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, index. $30.00 (cloth), ISBN 0-8090-4601-6.

Review on War listserv 

Also, this is in the H-SHEAR listserv (July 2008), H-NET BOOK REVIEW.  Reviewed for H-SHEAR by Jon Parmenter, Department of History, Cornell University, entitled, “Convenient Amnesia.” This is currently available only to members of the list.

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September Meeting

Filed under: Monthly Meetings — @ 2:28 pm

We will gather for the monthly research meeting this coming Tuesday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Knight Research Suite in the Publications Department’s office area. Deb is off having fun elsewhere, so Kathie will convene the meeting.

Kathie is just back from the Society of American Archivists annual meeting. There was considerable discussion of the Protocols for Native American Archivial Materials at the meeting. Take a look before you come and if there is interest we can spend some time talking about them.

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 anouncement, 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 Debbie or Kathie know if you would like to remove your name from the monthly reminder list.

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