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.
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.
Two Minnesota Historical Society Press authors — and members of the researchers group — earned top honors from the American Association for State and Local History:
- Annette Atkins for the book Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out (WOW Award, Award of Merit),
- Bruce White for the book We Are At Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People (Award of Merit).
The Researchers Notebook blog has a new component: new books recently added to the Minnesota Historical Society Library.
Using a widget from LibraryThing, a rotating list of eight random new books now appears in the blue area on the right-hand side of the blog (scroll down below where you login or register). The list is selected monthly by librarian Hamp Smith. Being a selection, however, the list does not include all of that month’s new books.
If you’re visiting the Library, the books on the list are on the top of the bookcases along the back wall (near the Betsy-Tacy poster, above where the Es begin), so you may look at anything that you find of interest.
When: 2 March 2008 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Fort Snelling State Park
Directions: Take the Post Road exit off Highway 5 and follow the signs.
For More Information: 612-725-2389, or call the Visitor Center 612-725-2724.
Bruce White, author of We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, will be at Fort Snelling State Park on March 2 at 1 p.m., to speak about his book and about the frequent visits by Ojibwe people to the area of Fort Snelling in the 19th century. Copies of We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People will be available for sale at the program, and Mr. White will autograph copies for those who have them.
Beginning in the 1850s Ojibwe people in Minnesota were photographed by many different kinds of photographers who were interested in recording them, mostly for an audience of non-Indians. These photographs emphasized the exotic, stereotypical look of the Ojibwe, their chiefs, their birch-bark houses and canoes, sometimes recorded with the idea that the Ojibwe were disappearing from the landscape. As time went on, however, Ojibwe people began to obtain photos for their own purposes, recording communities, family members, and relationships. In the process they created a much richer record of people who have not disappeared but who survived and who thrive today.
The audio-visual presentation will be based on the book, We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe people, a book published in 2007 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, which took the author over twenty years to research and write. The author will also discuss the many delegations Ojibwe people in the 19th century to the Fort Snelling area, where they traded with the local Dakota, shared ceremonies, and took part in U.S.-government sponsored diplomacy at the fort and at Coldwater Spring.