Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ten Days to Win a Free Copy of A Thrilling Narrative

With so many people already reading A Thrilling Narrative, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t officially been released yet! But June 1 is coming and to celebrate the official launch date, I’ll be mailing at least one of  you a … Continue reading

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The William Watts Folwell Papers

In 1922, corresponding with Minnesota historian William Watts Folwell, Thomas A. Robertson mused, “This writing of history is of course a very particular and tedious work, but it seems sometimes that they catch too much at mere hearsay matters and … Continue reading

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Dakota War Captives at Camp Release

On September 26, 1862, Col. Henry H. Sibley (1811-1891) accepted the release of 269 captives held for six weeks during Minnesota’s U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The captives and their Dakota protectors had named the place Camp Lookout while they waited … Continue reading

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The Dakota War Goes Digital

Every golden moment in my research career is tied to the feel of old paper beneath my fingertips. So I will be the last one to counsel researchers to settle for sources available on the Internet! At the same time, … Continue reading

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Lamson’s Daughter Tells the Story of Little Crow’s Death

Researching the beam story, I strayed upon a new telling of the story of Little Crow’s death related by Nathan Lamson’s daughter, Mary Elizabeth. Mary was 57 in 1913 when her story appeared in the Mankato Free Press on December … Continue reading

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It Started with The War in Words

On October 15, 2011,  Zabelle Stodola and I were on a panel on discussing the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary work on Indian captivity narratives at the Western History Association annual meeting in Oakland, California. This is the story we … Continue reading

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