Category Archives: Doing Historical Research

“I am pained by the severe criticisms…upon Mr. Galbraith.”

Missionary Mary Ann Longley Riggs wrote to her husband on September 18, 1862, “I am pained by the severe criticisms of the St. Paul Press upon Mr. Galbraith…. I am sure we have never had as good an agent since … Continue reading

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Two New Dakota War Letters

page 1 of the Emeline Foot Blood letter in the Clements Library at the University of Michigan linked below It will be a long time until digital history replaces traditional archival research (if it ever does). Not because paper is … 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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Dreaming in Digital

Lydia Pettijohn Huggins, who, last night, told me something in my sleep. Lydia was the daughter of abolitionists in Highland County, Ohio. She married Alexander Gilliland Huggins, the son of abolitionists, and hid a fleeing slave in their home at … Continue reading

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…And So Were German Turners

On the seventh day, God rested from creation. On the seventh day, Turners recreated. When my friend Lois Glewwe mentioned a few weeks ago that she’d happened upon a 19th century missionary organization whose sole goal was to convert Roman … Continue reading

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Irish Catholics Were “Heathen,” Too

guest post by Lois Glewwe You never know what you might find while searching for a historic figure on the Internet. I was looking for R. McQuestern, who was mentioned in Robert Cressell’s little book  Among the Sioux: A Story … Continue reading

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Children, Trauma, and Memory

In Part I of this series, But Is It True?, I suggested a couple of research techniques scholars routinely use to fact-check stories. The story, in this case, is about Little Crow’s death as related by Mary Elizabeth Lamson, whose … Continue reading

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