Category Archives: Doing Historical Research

History Is a Fun House Mirror

Before I began writing history, I loved reading it: the feeling that a good history book was a window I could look through to see the past. But actually doing history is more like looking into a fun house mirror: … Continue reading

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Will the Real Justina Kriegher Please Stand Up?

I’ve been working Louis Thiele’s story for several years. My last post on Thiele sat in my drafts folder for weeks, awaiting a quick polish before its turn at the top of my home page. Or so I thought. The … 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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The Deer That Got Me A Better Car When I Turn Sixteen

This is a post in my series honoring the 2012 Dakota Commemorative March. I’m just going to tell you a different story. It’s true. Last night we had a dinner party at our house. Just before dessert, my husband left … Continue reading

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Soldiers “Trysting” in the Dakota Camp

“…I did not drill to day was sick –feel better to night –nothing of importance –another bans read on dress parade that there should be  no more Trysting with the Squaws it made the boys a little mad as there … Continue reading

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Josephine’s Experience Becomes a Story

Obituary clipping: Josephine Marsh Huggins Hanthorne c. 1927. Thomas Hughes Papers, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN. Newspaper not identified. ***** Eliza Huggins’s letters, which I transcribed in the previous post in this series about  Josephine Huggins’s 1862 captivity story, told … 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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