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April 29, 2010

May Monthly Research Meeting

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathie Otto @ 2:54 am

The monthly research group will meet Tuesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the Pillsbury Room on Level A of the Minnesota History Center. We look forward to seeing you and hearing about your research and other projects related to Minnesota history.

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Nina Archabal to Retire

Filed under: Colleagues, Interesting Information — Kathie Otto @ 2:50 am

Nina M. Archabal will retire after 33 years of service to the Society, 23 as its director. Read more in a letter from Archabal and in the official press release, both posted on the Society’s web site.

You may participate in a discussion about what’s important to the local history community for her replacement on the Local History blog.

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April 7, 2010

Unsettling Minnesota

Filed under: Events — Kathie Otto @ 3:14 am

You may find this new blog of interest: Unsettling Minnesota. ”Unsettling Minnesota is a collective of non-Dakota people working in solidarity towards decolonization in Dakota homelands.” More information on who founded the group, their beliefs, and what they hope to accomplish is availabe on their website, as is a “Sourcebook” compiled by collective members, including many Dakota.

The collective is offering a weekly (began April 5) group discussion through the Experimental College of the Twin Cities (register here). The group meets the first 3 Mondays of April, May, and June at the Cahoots Coffee Bar, 1562 Selby Avenue in Saint Paul from 7:00-8:30.

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April 6, 2010

Recommended Reading: Vermeer’s Hat

Filed under: Books — Kathie Otto @ 9:06 am

Tom S. recommends Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World, by Timothy Brook, from Bloomsbury Press. Here’s their description, and pretty much what Tom said about it at the monthly Researcher meeting:

A Vermeer painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl. In another canvas, fruit spills from a blue-and-white porcelain bowl. Familiar images that captivate us with their beauty–but as Timothy Brook shows us, these intimate pictures actually give us a remarkable view of an expanding world. The officer’s dashing hat is made of beaver fur from North America, and it was beaver pelts from America that financed the voyages of explorers seeking routes to China-prized for the porcelains so often shown in Dutch paintings of this time, including Vermeer’s. In this dazzling history, Timothy Brook uses Vermeer’s works, and other contemporary images from Europe, Asia, and the Americas to trace the rapidly growing web of global trade, and the explosive, transforming, and sometimes destructive changes it wrought in the age when globalization really began.

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