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May 10, 2010

“North Country” Book Readings

Filed under: Books, Colleagues, Events — Kathie Otto @ 7:10 am

Mary Wingerd will read from North Country: The Making of Minnesota starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, at the Minnesota History Center, and at Magers and Quinn Booksellers on Thursday, June 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A nice article on the book appeared in the Saint Paul Pionner Press last Sunday, May 2. You can read the article online. An excerpt follows:

“When Wingerd accepted the university’s commission in 2006, she and her editors thought her book would replace Theodore Blegen’s thorough Minnesota: A History of the State, published in 1964. Instead, North County ends in what most of us think of as the middle — with the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. ‘The U.S.-Dakota War and its aftermath mark the forceful closure of (an) era of cultural mingling, a sharp divide between the familiar Minnesota story of settlement and the neglected history of the multicultural borderland that preceded it’ Wingerd writes.”

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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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November 12, 2008

New Oral History Book

Filed under: Books, Resources — debbie.miller@mnhs.org @ 4:06 pm

Mentioned at the October researchers meeting, and now out:

The American Indian Oral History Manual: Making Many Voices Heard

by Charles E. Trimble (Lakota), Barbara W. Sommer, Mary Kay Quinlan
Walnut Creek, Calif.: Left Coast Press, Oct. 2008
160 pages; $22.95 paper
(25% discount on web orders through November 16)

Oral history is a widespread and well-developed research method in many fields, but the conduct of oral histories of and by American Indian peoples has unique issues and concerns that are too rarely addressed. This essential guide begins by differentiating between the practice of oral history and the ancient oral traditions of Indian cultures, detailing ethical and legal parameters, and addressing the different motivations for and uses of oral histories in tribal, community, and academic settings. Within that crucial context, the authors provide a practical, step-by-step guide to project planning, equipment and budgets, and the conduct and processing of interviews, followed by a set of examples from a variety of successful projects, key forms ready for duplication, and the Oral History Association Evaluation Guidelines. This vital manual will be the go-to text for everyone involved with oral history related to American Indians.

“This is an excellent guide and sourcebook for anyone conducting oral history projects in Native American and Alaska Native contexts. The guide is equally helpful for those working in villages, reservations, and heterogeneous schools. Although written with the Lower 48 in mind, the book’s suggestions and information are relevant throughout North America. The writing is good and clear, the organization helpful, the suggestions right on point. The section on intellectual copyright is a particularly valuable contribution to the literature. The guide is both timely and timeless: its treatment of the ever-changing realm of recording equipment, which wisely references Internet resources, will remain useful for many years to come.”

-Patricia H. Partnow, Ph.D.
Vice President of Cultural and Educational Services
Alaska Native Heritage Center

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September 7, 2008

Oneida Indians and the American Revolution Book Reviews

Filed under: Books — debbie.miller@mnhs.org @ 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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July 29, 2008

Indian Agency Annual Reports on Google Books

Filed under: Books, Research Tools, Resources — debbie.miller@mnhs.org @ 4:33 pm

Linda B. reports:

Indian Agency Annual Reports are now online through Google Books. I can’t tell how many are there–they are not listed chronologically. But the price is right; you can read material, copy it as text, and hug it if you like. As for printing, so far all I can do is lasso page segments, and paste elsewhere. The Print command only prints blanks for me, sigh.

It’s fabulous to be able to search for particular names or tribes. Just remember to use 19th century spellings!

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June 17, 2008

Minnesota History Books for Non-Historians

Filed under: Books — debbie.miller@mnhs.org @ 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 — debbie.miller@mnhs.org @ 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 — debbie.miller@mnhs.org @ 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).

Congratulations!

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