Category Archives: Primary Sources

1863 SCC Claim No. 289: In the matter of Ernst Dietrich deceased

In July 2013, almost 150 years after the Sioux Claims Commission convened hearings in Minnesota and recorded her testimony, Pauline Dietrich spoke again. The story of Ernst Dietrich, told by his widow Pauline, was the first of 2,940 lost stories … Continue reading

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Whatever 3

Monday, March 25, 2019, I had the pleasure of preaching to a choir –follow historians and history advocates at the Minnesota History Whatever 3. Stephen Osman, now-retired from his position as Senior Historian at the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), and … Continue reading

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30 + 12 = 42, not 39

I’m working on my Peace Colaition presentation at MHS January 29, but can’t escape the stories of the 39 Dakota men condemned to death in 1862. A new friend I met in Redwood falls this summer, Molly Schweinfurter, just mailed … Continue reading

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Whitewashing History, Part I

“Tom Sawyer Whitewashing the Fence” by Norman Rockwell (detail) So: What is wrong with Justina Kriegher’s stories? Not much, if we take them as they are: as stories. Quite a bit if we take them as we have: as history. … 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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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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