Monthly Archives: October 2012

Josephine Huggins: “It is impossible for me to name the innumerable blessings”

Sophia Josephine Marsh Huggins Hanthorne 1838-1927. Part three in a series about new documents commenting on Sophia Josephine Marsh‘s 1862 captivity story. ***** Letter “D” Oak Grove Dec 14th/63 Mr. Riggs My Dear friend Your kind letter with the draught … Continue reading

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Eliza Huggins: “We thank you for the trouble you… have had with Josephine’s narrative.”

“Adventures Among the Indians: Narrative of the Captivity and Rescue of Mrs. Sophia Josephine Huggins,” as reprinted in the St. Paul Weekly Press February 12, 1863, page 3.¬† In Rescuing Josephine Huggins, I opened the story of a new collection … Continue reading

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Rescuing Josephine Huggins

Letter “A” St Peter Sep 17/62 Rev S. R. Riggs Dear Sir I am continually thinking of ways to get Sister Josephine out of her present danger we have no team that would be of any use in a flying … Continue reading

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The Peace Party Fought for Mni Sota Makoce, Too

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, in winter January 29, 2013, I am booked as the History Lounge speaker at the Minnesota Historical Society. I’m excited because after spending this past summer of commemoration talking about food –who was starving … Continue reading

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Other Wise

Odobenus rosmarus Daughter, beginning student of Latin: “Mom, does that mean the walrus smells good?” ***** Recently, I heard a¬†scholar explain his inability to supply information with what I think of as the “oral history excuse:” knowledge on that subject … Continue reading

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John P. Williamson on Writing the English-Dakota Dictionary

Once upon a time, Someone found a suitcase of old, old letters in an old, old house. They were charmed letters. We know because Someone did not throw the letters away. Instead, Someone took the suitcase to the Dakotah Prairie … Continue reading

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