Monthly Archives: May 2013

A New Twist in the Beam Story

Pillsbury Hall, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where the beam lay in state for its last decade at the U of M. Between 1881 and the completion of Pillsbury Hall in 1907, the beam was collected among the University’s geological … Continue reading

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The Children of Mary Napesni and James W. Lynd

Monument marking the grave of James W. Lynd, Sr. (1830-1862), near the Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site on the Lower Sioux Reservation near Morton, Minnesota. Lynd, an¬†amateur¬†ethnologist working as a trader’s clerk at the Lower Sioux Agency, had two Dakota … Continue reading

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A Woman vs. the Patronage System, 1881

Chester A. Arthur freely dispenses the patronage favors –jobs and contracts –said to have won his appointment as Vice President. Arthur became President upon the death of ¬†James Garfield (by assassination) six weeks after Caroline McMaster wrote the last letter … Continue reading

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