Monthly Archives: November 2012

Walt Bachman Interview

In 2011, Walt Bachman approached the Pond Dakota Heritage Society about the gift of the manuscript that became Northern Slave, Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey. Publishing has been part of the Pond Dakota charter since the … Continue reading

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The Dakota Prisoners’ Caregivers

Real life is never as cut and dried as histories make it seem. The stories of the Dakota Women’s March to Fort Snelling, and of the Prisoners’ March to South Bend in November 1862 are great examples. Although the majority … Continue reading

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Universal Access to History

Having my first book appear in print has definitely been a highlight of my year. But today I’m even more proud of having a hand in bringing another book into print in universally accessible forms: Walt Bachman’s Northern Slave, Black … Continue reading

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Big Blue Friday: Two MHS Exhibits with Kids

Black Friday at MHS If you know me IRL, you know I’d rather do almost anything than mall-shop –ever, much less on Black Friday. Thursday night, my husband was the hero who took our twelve-year-old daughter shopping at 9:30 PM. … Continue reading

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38 Nooses

Last summer, I had the pleasure of visiting with Scott W. Berg when he was in town to visit family. I was also happy to snare him for an appearance at the Pond House on August 12, 2012, where Scott, … Continue reading

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Hot Water, Part 2

“They were coming to the end of the town and they thought they were out of trouble. Then there was a big building at the end of the street. Someone threw hot, scalding water on them. The children were all … Continue reading

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Hot Water

Henderson, Minnesota Few stories tell us as much about the mindset of Minnesotans in the wake of the 1862 war. Or how little we know today about who we were then. Dakota people told us first. It took years of … Continue reading

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