Monthly Archives: August 2012

Follow the Money: August 2, 1862

My primary source offering today is actually dated August 2, not August 12, 1862. But it is a companion source to tomorrow’s letter dated August 13. Listen in as officials in Washington D.C. pass the buck on the subject of … Continue reading

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Primary Sources on the Dakota War of 1862

The Back Story Last year, I laid out a precursor to this blog. My idea was simple: in commemoration of this year, three or four times per week I would publish a transcription of a primary source commenting on 1862 … Continue reading

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Little Crow Series in the Star Tribune

Friday August 10, 2012 Minneapolis Star Tribune journalist Curt Brown appeared on Twin Cities Public Television’s Almanac show in a preview of a six-part Dakota War story set to unfold daily in the Star Tribune, Sunday, August 12 through Friday August 17, 2012. … Continue reading

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Scott W. Berg Interview

I love historiography–the story of how history is made. And I love that in this year of 150th commemorative of the Dakota War of 1862, I live at a crossroads where history is being made. This interview with Scott W. … Continue reading

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Finding the Huggins Family

Last Friday morning, six inches of copies richer for having spent Thursday in the library of the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, Lois and I headed south to Highland County, Ohio. The 1832-35 Highland County Court House, Hillsboro, Ohio Thanks … Continue reading

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The Beacon on the Hill

High atop the bluff above Ripley, Ohio, stands the John Rankin House with its front windows looking out over the Ohio River Valley into Kentucky. A lantern placed in this window at night beckoned people fleeing slavery. The out-buildings are … Continue reading

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Gathered at the River

Friday evening after two great days of research, we arrived in Ripley, Ohio, where hundreds of people have gathered to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its founding. I have no genealogical ties to Ripley. But as Mary Butler Renville’s biographer, … Continue reading

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