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August 10, 2010

Wood Lake Battlefield Symposium

Filed under: Conferences, Events — @ 4:11 am

The 5th annual Wood Lake Battlefield Symposium takes place Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, in Granite Falls, Minnesota. Presenters include historians Elden Lawrence and Stephen Osman, Terry Janis of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, and Michelle Terrell, Principal Investigator for research on the battle site. More info on website of Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association:

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July 8, 2010

Mission Sunday at Lac qui Parle July 11

Filed under: Colleagues, Events — Kathie Otto @ 3:09 am

On Sunday, July 11, guests are invited to join descendants of missionaries and the Dakota at Lac Qui Parle Mission (6 miles north of Montevideo) for a day of unity and worship. The Dakota Choir will sing during a worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m. The service will include the traditional hymn “Lac qui Parle.” A potluck picnic will follow at noon. An afternoon program at 1 p.m. will include talks by Alan Woolworth, Jeff Williamson, and Elwin Rogers. Lac qui Parle Mission is owned by the Minnesota Historical Society and managed by the Chippewa County Historical Society.

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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 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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March 1, 2010

Women in Saint Paul Politics Talk March 5

Filed under: Colleagues, Events — Kathie Otto @ 1:42 pm

Rhoda Gilman will be one of the speakers on the subject of “Stories of Womenemily-gilman-noyes in Saint Paul Politics” at the Landmark Center this coming Friday, March 5. It is one of the lunchtime (12:00-1:30) programs in the Preservation Talks for Women’s History Month, sponsored by Historic Saint Paul and the League of Women Voters of St. Paul.

Gilman’s subject will be Emily Gilman Noyes, suffrage leader and women’s rights advocate. Other speakers will be Ruby Hunt on Rosalie Butler and Jane McClure on Constance Currie.

Emily Hoffman Gilman Noyes, ca. 1930  
MHS Photo and Art Database

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February 10, 2010

Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum Programs

Filed under: Colleagues, Events — Kathie Otto @ 12:17 pm

Two Research group members have presentations coming up:

  • February 27: “Historic Churches of Southeast Minnesota” by Nancy Powell.
  • March 27: “Minnesota’s African Americans and Their Struggle with the Civilian Conservation Corps,” by Barb Sommer.

Both will be at the Hosmer Library, 36th St. and 4th Ave. in Minneapolis at 10:30 a.m.  All Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum programs are free and open to the public.

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June 30, 2009

Lucile Kane Memorial

Filed under: Colleagues, Events — @ 2:17 pm

Colleagues and friends will commemorate Lucile Kane’s life and career at a gathering organized by her friends to be held Monday, July 6, 3:00 p.m., at the James J. Hill House in Saint Paul. Please tell others who knew her and may want to attend.

If you would like to submit a one - two paragraph statement about Lucile Kane for the memorial program, send to Mary Bakeman by July 2.

The Hill House is closed on Mondays, but will be open for those attending this event.

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April 29, 2009

Cemetery Symbols and Superstitions

Filed under: Events — @ 8:46 am

Saturday, June 13, at 1:00 p.m., the Maplewood Area Historical Society and the Forest Lawn Cemetery present “Cemetery Symbols and Superstitions: A Guided Tour of Victorian Headstones.”

A tour guide will describe the meaning of symbols on 1890s headstones and the beliefs and superstitions that fostered those symbols. At a few sites you will encounter costumed characters who will enact scenes from the lives of the persons who rest below the headstones.

Registration is $6.00 in advance, $8.00 the day of the tour. Make checks payable to MAHA (this is a fundraiser for the Maplewood Area Historical Society), but mail your checks to the Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1800 Edgerton Street, Maplewood, MN 55117.

For more information call Janice at 651-735-3280.

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April 22, 2009

U.S.-Dakota Conflict Historic Sites Tour

Filed under: Events — @ 3:01 pm

Join the Wood Lake Battlefield Preservation Association on Wednesday June 3, 2009, for a tour of historic sites relating to the U.S.-Dakota Conflict of 1862.

Ride a comfortable coach bus through the scenic Minnesota River valley with tour guide and interpreter Tom Hosier. Sites include Traverse des Sioux, Fort Ridgely, Lower Sioux Agency, Chief Shakopee’s camp sites, Lac Qui Parle Road, Boiling Springs, Wood Lake Battle Site, Upper Sioux Agency, Joseph Brown House, and Sehwandt Monument.

Seating is limited and reservations are due by May 11 , 2009. The bus will begin loading in the parking lot by Gander Mountain in Rochester at 7:45 and leave at 8:00 a.m., pick-up in Dodge Center at 8:15 a.m., pick-up in Mankato at 9:30 a.m. Return to Rochester at 8:45 p.m.

The cost is $60 and includes a box lunch and buffet dinner at the historic Turner Hall in New Ulm.

Questions? Call 507-280-9970 or e-mail A copy of the registration form is available at

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April 3, 2009

Immigrant Oral Histories Class

Filed under: Events — @ 8:55 am

Minnesota today is more ethnically diverse than at any time in its history. The work of documenting this diversity is challenging, and the Minnesota Historical Society has turned to oral history as a major tool as it reaches out into immigrant communities. The Society has undertaken a continuing succession of projects in cooperation with the Asian Indian, Tibetan, Somali, Hmong, Khmer (Cambodian) and Latino communities, and is working now to ensure that this remarkable collection of stories is available to educators statewide.

James Fogerty is head of documentary programs and director of the Society’s Oral History Office. He will discuss the immigrant oral histories and the challenges and rewards of working to ensure that the stories of these new Minnesotans become part of the state’s historical record.

  • Date: Tuesday April 7
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Fraternal Congress classroom on the 2nd floor of the History Center
  • Price: MHS members $8, non-members $10
  • Register online.
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