Category Archives: Primary Sources

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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Josephine Huggins: “It is impossible for me to name the innumerable blessings”

Sophia Josephine Marsh Huggins Hanthorne 1838-1927. Part three in a series about new documents commenting on Sophia Josephine Marsh‘s 1862 captivity story. ***** Letter “D” Oak Grove Dec 14th/63 Mr. Riggs My Dear friend Your kind letter with the draught … Continue reading

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Eliza Huggins: “We thank you for the trouble you… have had with Josephine’s narrative.”

“Adventures Among the Indians: Narrative of the Captivity and Rescue of Mrs. Sophia Josephine Huggins,” as reprinted in the St. Paul Weekly Press February 12, 1863, page 3.  In Rescuing Josephine Huggins, I opened the story of a new collection … Continue reading

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Rescuing Josephine Huggins

Letter “A” St Peter Sep 17/62 Rev S. R. Riggs Dear Sir I am continually thinking of ways to get Sister Josephine out of her present danger we have no team that would be of any use in a flying … Continue reading

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John P. Williamson on Writing the English-Dakota Dictionary

Once upon a time, Someone found a suitcase of old, old letters in an old, old house. They were charmed letters. We know because Someone did not throw the letters away. Instead, Someone took the suitcase to the Dakotah Prairie … Continue reading

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“A Teton Version of the Santee Massacre”

Year 77, 1862:  “Boy/ a/beside camp/ they come and scalp him/ it being so.” In the Fire Thunder Winter Count, Oglala 1786-1906, Franz Boas Papers, American Philosophical Society. Translation by Ella Deloria. One of the more fascinating presenters I heard in Fargo … Continue reading

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Finding Mabel Hawley

Saturday morning I got up a few hours before dawn to drive to through the first snowflakes of the season. My destination: eastern Wisconsin to meet Vicki. Our agenda for the day: to find Mabel Hawley. “Some things are just … Continue reading

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The ABCs of Reading a Primary Text

In Sweden, according to the dear woman who told me the story, her grandmother was derisively branded “läsare”  –a reader —because she read the Bible for herself. In that time and place, the Bible was viewed as the province of the … Continue reading

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“Legislation that is desirable in reference to the Indians:” Riggs & Williamson letter January 2, 1862

Yesterday, September 7, 2012, Dan Olson of Minnesota Public Radio published a Minnesota Sounds and Voices article, “Sheldon Wolfchild’s View of the U.S. Dakota War.” This is the second of two interviews Olson has conducted inside the MHS Dakota War exhibit … Continue reading

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A Fable Agreed Upon, part 2

Solon J. Buck’s mistake went uncorrected. At the outset, it wasn’t influential. The Bulletin was read by MHS members and collected by libraries. But I doubt anyone lost sleep over an annotation error. Indeed, without any correction, there wasn’t any … Continue reading

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