Category Archives: Minnesota Historical Society

“Revisiting a war that shaped Minnesota”

This morning, the St. Paul Pioneer Press ran a front page article on the opening of the new 1862 exhibit at the Minnesota Historical Society. The e-version of the article is available on the Pioneer Press website, here.

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What’s Missing

Dakota quilled moccasins. The Minnesota Historical Society. In the process of designing the new 1862 exhibit at the History Center in St. Paul, the Minnesota Historical Society stuck its neck out. You know the old joke: What happens when you … Continue reading

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Clubs, Hatchets, Knives and Beams Part 7 and PDF

The conclusion of a seven-part series on European American/Native American War Artifacts and the Ethics of Display by Zabelle Stodola, professor of literature and cultural studies at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. The series begins here.  Part 7: “Showing Basic Human … Continue reading

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Clubs, Hatchets, Beams and Knives, Part 6

Minnesota’s State Capitol, on permanent exhibit in the architecture of the Minnesota Historical Society History Center, St. Paul, Minnesota. ***** Part six in a seven-part series on European American/Native American War Artifacts and the Ethics of Display by Zabelle Stodola, professor … Continue reading

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Clubs, Hatchets, Knives and Beams Part 5

Part five in a seven-part series on European American/Native American War Artifacts and the Ethics of Display by Zabelle Stodola, professor of literature and cultural studies at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. The series begins here. Part 5: Sarah Wakefield’s Story … Continue reading

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Clubs, Hatchets, Knives and Beams Part 1

Clubs, Hatchets, Knives, and Beams: European American/Native American War Artifacts and the Ethics of Display By Zabelle Stodola, University of Arkansas at Little Rock June 2012 I’m Zabelle Stodola, Carrie Zeman’s co-editor for  A Thrilling Narrative of Indian Captivity: Dispatches … Continue reading

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The Pond Dakota Heritage Society Invites You…

The 1856 Gideon Pond House, Bloomington, MN. Home base for the Pond Dakota Heritage Society. A few of you have asked how to connect with other people interested in the shared history of Dakota and non-Native people in Minnesota. The … Continue reading

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The William Watts Folwell Papers at the Minnesota Historical Society

In 1922, corresponding with Minnesota historian William Watts Folwell, Thomas A. Robertson mused, “This writing of history is, of course, a very particular and tedious work, but it seems sometimes that they catch too much at mere hearsay matters and … Continue reading

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The Dakota War Goes Digital

Every golden moment in my research career is tied to the feel of old paper beneath my fingertips. So I will be the last one to counsel researchers to settle for sources available on the Internet! At the same time, … Continue reading

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One Noose, Two Beams, Same Story

Like PBS’s History Detectives? Read on. ***** Roughly a decade ago, a Blue Earth County Historical Society volunteer took a historian into the back room of their Mankato, Minnesota facility and unwrapped a huge wooden timber. The volunteer said it was … Continue reading

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