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The state we're in : reflections on Minnesota history
Publication Information:
St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, c2010.
Physical Description:
337 p. ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Conference papers.
Welcome to Minnesota : the state we're in / Annette Atkins -- State history in regional perspective / James H. Madison -- State history in local perspective / Paula M. Nelson -- Memory. Remembering our past / Gregory Schroeder -- The myth of the "forgotten" treaty : traditions about the St. Peters Treaty of 1837 / Bruce White -- The U.S.-Dakota War in public memory and public space; Mankato's journey toward reconciliation / Melodie Andrews -- Telling river stories : the Mississippi River runs through all of us / Patrick Nunnally -- The Maples : is this land my land? / Nora Murphy -- The flood / Marge Barrett -- Up north. Duluth ; The history of Duluth as I recall it / Louis Jenkins -- Kosher with a modern tinge : two generations of Jewish women in Virginia, Minnesota, 1894-1945 / Linda Mack Schloff -- The stone tomahawk : Ojibwe tradtion, resourcefulness, and survival in Northeastern Minnesota / Linda LeGarde Grover -- "We had this opportunity" : African Americans and the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota / Barbara W. Sommer -- The case of the inept forger / Michael Zalar -- Identity. Early Catholic Minnesota : new sources and new questions / Tangi Villerbu -- "To sound my trumpet" : Henry Hastings Sibley, Minnesota, and the rise of a national identity / J. Thomas Murphy -- The Christie Brothers' Civil War : a reflection of Minnesota's experience / Hampton Smith -- Baseball at Native American boarding schools in Minnesota : a history / David J. Laliberte -- Method. The public side of history : museums, the recent past and possible future / Steven Penick -- Thawing a frozen moment : a photograph and the diary that brought it to life / Emily F. Ganzel -- Embracing compiled cookbooks as historical documents / Traci M. Nathans-Kelly -- Looking forward : mid-nineteenth-century predictions for Minnesota's future / Bill Wittenbreer -- Eden / Matt Callahan.
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On the occasion of Minnesota's 150th anniversary of statehood, more than a hundred historians and other writers assembled to discuss the subjects they had been studying, thinking, and writing about. This book presents the best of that work, including nineteen essays on topics as varied as baseball at Native American boarding schools, nineteenth-century predictions for Minnesota's future, Native American tourist goods, the Kensington rune stone, and a memoir of growing up in Marshall. Bringing together some of the most recent and best thinking about Minnesota's past and its people, The State We're In demonstrates the history of this place, in all its rich complexity, before and after statehood.

Contributors include Melodie Andrews, Annette Atkins, Marge Barrett, Matt Callahan, Emily Ganzel, Linda LeGarde Grover, Louis Jenkins, David J. Laliberte, James Madison, J. Thomas Murphy, Nora Murphy, Traci M. Nathans-Kelly, Paula Nelson, Patrick Nunnally, Linda Schloff, Gregory Schroeder, Hamp Smith, Barbara W. Sommer, Tangi Villerbu, Howard J. Vogel, Steven Werle, Bill Wittenbreer, and Michael Zalar.

Annette Atkins, author of Creating Minnesota , Harvest of Grief , and We Grew Up Together , teaches at Saint John's University/College of Saint Benedict. Deborah L. Miller, reference specialist at the Minnesota Historical Society and coauthor of Potluck Paradise , is an expert on Minnesota ethnicity and community cookbooks.

Author Notes

Annette Atkins, author of Creating Minnesota, Harvest of Grief, and We Grew Up Together, teaches at Saint John's University/College of Saint Benedict. Deborach L. Miller, reference specialist at the Minnesota Historical Society and coauthor of Potluck Paradise: Favorite Fare from Church and Community Cookbooks, is an expert on Minnesota ethnicity and community cookbooks.

Table of Contents

Annette AtkinsJames H. MadisonPaula M. NelsonGregory SchroederBruce WhiteMelodie AndrewsPatrick NunnallyNora MurphyMarge BarrettLouis FenkinsLouis FenkinsLinda Mack SchloffLinda LeGarde GroverBarbara W. SommerMichael ZalarTangi VillerbuJ. Thomas MurphyHampton SmithDavid J. LaliberteSteven PenickEmily F. GanzelTraci M. Nathans-KellyBill WittenbreerMatt Callahan
Welcome to Minnesota: The State We're Inp. 3
State History in Regional Perspectivep. 18
State History in Local Perspectivep. 25
Remembering Our Pastp. 35
The Myth of the "Forgotten" Treaty: Traditions about the St. Peters Treaty of 1837p. 39
The U.S.-Dakota War in Public Memory and Public Space: Mankato's Journey Toward Reconciliationp. 50
Telling River Stories: The Mississippi River Runs Through All of Usp. 61
The Maples: Is This Land My Land?p. 69
The Floodp. 85
Up North
Duluthp. 99
The History of Duluth as I Recall Itp. 101
Kosher with a Modern Tinge: Two Generations of Jewish Women in Virginia, Minnesota, 1894-1945p. 102
The Stone Tomahawk: Ojibwe Tradition, Resourcefulness, and Survival in Northeastern Minnesotap. 118
"We Had this Opportunity": African Americans and the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesotap. 134
The Case of the Inept Forgerp. 158
Early Catholic Minnesota: New Sources and New Questionsp. 173
"To Sound my Trumpet": Henry Hastings Sibley, Minnesota, and the Rise of a National Identityp. 196
The Christie Brothers' Civil War: A Reflection of Minnesota's Experiencep. 211
Baseball at Native American Boarding Schools in Minnesota: A Historyp. 232
The Public Side of History: Museums, the Recent Past and Possible Futurep. 245
Thawing a Frozen Moment: A Photograph and the Diary That Brought It to Lifep. 259
Embracing Compiled Cookbooks as Historical Documentsp. 271
Looking Forward: Mid-Nineteenth-Century Predictions for Minnesota's Futurep. 281
Edenp. 295
Biographiesp. 319
Indexp. 325
Picture Creditsp. 337