Monthly Archives: July 2012

Excerpt of A Thrilling Narrative

The University of Nebraska Press now hosts a digital excerpt of A Thrilling Narrative. You can read the Table of Contents, a note on our  editorial procedures, and the first twenty two pages of my Historical Introduction. Warning: The excerpt … Continue reading

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Dreaming in Digital

Lydia Pettijohn Huggins, who, last night, told me something in my sleep. Lydia was the daughter of abolitionists in Highland County, Ohio. She married Alexander Gilliland Huggins, the son of abolitionists, and hid a fleeing slave in their home at … Continue reading

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The Beam Mystery Proceeds Apace

  Jessica Potter, director of the Blue Earth County Historical Society, hasn’t simply waited out this spring’s media storm about identity of the “timber” in their store-room (above). Potter announced in her column in the Summer 2012 edition of The Blue … Continue reading

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Gwen Westerman: “We Are Still Here”

Gwen’s event at the Minnesota History center, “We Are Still Here: Minnesota is a Dakota Place” Wednesday July 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM, has been on my calendar for months. But today I learned is ticketed, free event. I just … Continue reading

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Why “Our Children Are Dying With Hunger” in 1862

Eleven months ago, for the first time I publicly presented Thomas S. Williamson’s 1856 malnutrition paradigm, suggesting it supported Little Crow’s 1862 claim that Dakota children were “dying with hunger.” One month later I presented a shorter paper  on the … Continue reading

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Honored Guests

John Peacock, Sandra Geshick, Michael Simon, Clifford Canku, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, MN July 15, 2012 sharing Dakota history from a Dakota perspective: the Dakota Prisoner of War Letters and their own stories. If you weren’t able to join … Continue reading

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Honor Canku and Simon With Us!

I was thrilled to learn this morning that Dr. Clifford Canku and Rev. Michael Simon plan to join us tomorrow afternoon for John Peacock’s talk about the letters written in the Dakota language by Dakota men imprisoned in the wake … Continue reading

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The Dakota Prison Letters Project

Eight years ago, “the DPL” –the Dakota Prison Letters project was a rumor in the local research community: that Dakota people had identified and were in the process of translating a subset of Dakota language letters from the Riggs Papers … Continue reading

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Lac qui Parle

Mde Ia Udan (Lac qui Parle), July 8, 2012. For the first fourteen years of his life, John Baptiste Renville woke up to this view every day. Yesterday, Sunday July 8, I was privileged to speak in the historic reconstructed … Continue reading

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The Book Launch Party, Part 2

In which I continue the story of the book launch party begun in Part 1. The next section of my remarks are a tribute to one of my mentors, to whom we dedicated the book: Alan Woolworth. Alan Woolworth, who … Continue reading

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