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History of Minnesota, Volume 1: to 1858


1 History of Minnesota, Volume 1: to 1858

533 pages, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press / Borealis Books Imprint


About Author
William W. Folwell
514874 
Price: 29.95 USD

 

 

2 MAP: Map Group for Minnesota

NOT on website as of 1-30-09, Reproduction map of original
Includes maps [S 17], [S 34] and [S 54] All 3 maps
PN47 
Price: 16.95 USD

 
 

 

3 MAP: Minnesota: 1873/74

Black and white map, printed on 18" x 24" paper., Reproduction map of original
Reprinted from an 1873/74 Asher and Adams lithograph, this map shows the state in nice detail, identifying county boundaries, towns, rivers and their forks, and railways.
S17 
Price: 7.95 USD

 

 

4 MAP: Minnesota: 1880/81

Black and white map, printed on 18" x 24" paper., Reproduction map of original
This map from our Centennial collection is useful for locating the many small towns and settlements throughout the state. Railroads and a multitude of lakes are also identified.
S34 
Price: 7.95 USD

 
 

 

5 MAP: Minnesota: 1902

Black and white map, printed on 11" x 17" paper., Reproduction map of original
This detailed state map issued by the Matthews-Northrup Company, with its distinctive "piano key" border, first appeared in the Century Atlas. Identifies counties, township and range numbers, county seats, villages, and transportation systems at the beginning of the 20th century. Includes insets of the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Duluth, and Cook County areas.
S54 
Price: 4.50 USD

 
Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer


6 Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer

11 x 15 1/2, paperback, Langenscheidt Publishing Group / DeLorme
Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer is designed for travelers who want topographic map detail for outdoor recreation, sales and transportation and everyday travel. Contains back roads, recreation sites, hiking trails, campgrounds, golf courses, scenic drives, a guide to state and national park historic sites/museums, fishing, and ski areas. Includes a comprehensive index.
333338 
Price: 19.95 USD

 
 

 

7 Minnesota in the Civil War

MNH

515641 
Price: 19.95 USD

 
Irish in Minnesota, Ann Regan; foreword by Bill Holm.


8 Irish in Minnesota
Ann Regan; foreword by Bill Holm.
100 pages, 6 x 9, 49 b&w illus., reading list, notes, index , paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Irish immigrants to Minnesota performed two surprising feats. Generally thought in the United States to be unsuccessful as farmers, they built some of the country's most successful and enduring Irish farming communities. And in St. Paul, where they were outnumbered by Germans immigrants, they nonetheless left a lasting legacy, so that today most Minnesotans think of St. Paul as an Irish town. As farmers and laborers, policemen and politicians, maids and seamstresses, their hard work helped to build the state. Wherever they settled, the Irish founded churches and community organizations, became active in politics, and held St. Patrick's Day parades, inviting all Minnesotans to become a little bit Irish. In this new book, author Ann Regan examines the history of these surprising contradictions, telling the diverse stories of the Irish in Minnesota.

About Author
ANN REGAN is the managing editor of the Minnesota Historical Society Press.
51419X 
Price: 13.95 USD

 
 
Swedes in Minnesota, Anne Gillespie Lewis; foreword by Bill Holm.


9 Swedes in Minnesota
Anne Gillespie Lewis; foreword by Bill Holm.
104 pages, 6 x 9, 47 b&w photos., reading list, notes, index, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press
No ethnic group is so identified with a single state as the Swedes are with Minnesota. From before statehood, Swedish immigrants flooded into the small frontier towns of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Encouraged by agents who promised inexpensive and fertile farmland, they came by the thousands. By the turn of the twentieth century, over 126,000 Swedes lived in Minnesota-and their impact on everything in the state continues to today. In this concise history of Swedes in Minnesota, the newest addition to The People of Minnesota series, Anne Gillespie Lewis tells the rich history of this ethnic group in the state they would make their own.
Swedes in Minnesota recounts the story of the great Swedish migration through numbers-in the census reports and settlement patterns. It also tells the story through the cultural institutions Swedes founded-the churches, schools, and lodges, the Swedish-language newspapers and businesses, the neighborhoods and the associations. But mostly this book tells the story through the people: the anecdotes, letters, and interviews from the immigrants themselves and from their grandchildren. For the many Minnesotans of Swedish ancestry, Lewis provides a remarkably concise portrait of an ethnic group striving to become American while struggling to maintain its ties to tradition.

About Author
Anne Gillespie Lewis is a freelance writer and author of five books including So Far Away in the World: Stories from the Swedish Twin Cities and The Minnesota Guide.
514785 
Price: 13.95 USD

 
Harvest of Grief, Annette Atkins


10 Harvest of Grief
Annette Atkins
157 pages, 6 x 9, illus., maps, index , paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press / Borealis Books Imprint
Grasshopper Plagues and Public Assistance in Minnesota, 1873-78
Atkins eloquently portrays the extreme hardships of Minnesota farmers during the grasshopper plagues of the 1870s. She examines local, state, and national relief efforts, which she reviews in the context of nineteenth-century social welfare philosophy.

About Author
ANNETTE ATKINS is the author of We Grew Up Together: Brothers and Sisters in Nineteenth-Century America. She is professor of history at St. John's University/College of St. Benedict in Minnesota.

Reviews
"Harvest of Grief is social history at its very best. It focuses on the dialy lives of Minnesota farmers during the grasshopper plagues of the 1870s, describes the failures of public assistance, and traces the strategies of survival acted out by hard-pressed farm families. It will win the praise of scholars and will engage the interest of all readers." -- Clarke E. Chambers, University of Minnesota

"This book is an important one. Quite simply, it is the msot searching treatment yet of the 1870s grasshopper plague. And because of its probing of the controversy over public assistance, it is certainly the most satisfying one." -- Western Historical Quarterly

"A well-written and clearly organized account of the grasshopper plagues in Minnesota and the generally ineffective measures of public relief in response to them. . . An important contribution to the literature on rural life and on social welfare in America." -- Indiana Magazine of History
514793 
Price: 19.95 USD

 
 
Minnesota History Along the Highways: A Guide to Historic Markers and Sites, Compiled by Sarah P. Rubinstein


11 Minnesota History Along the Highways: A Guide to Historic Markers and Sites
Compiled by Sarah P. Rubinstein
332 pp., 40 b&w photos, 5 maps, index, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press / Borealis Books Imprint
This handy travel guide presents the locations and texts of 254 historic markers, 60 geological markers, and 29 historic monuments in all corners of the state and is the perfect traveling companion for your next road trip.
For more than 125 years Minnesotans have been marking the places where significant historic events occurred. This travel guide presents the locations and texts of 254 historic markers, 60 geologic markers, and 29 historic monuments in all corners of the state. The markers honor fur traders and settlers, explorers and miners, Civil War soldiers and entrepreneurs; they explain waterfalls and sand plains and glacial potholes. Some have stood for over a century, marking the sites of the Dakota War of 1862. Others, more recent, enhance the interstate highways with brief, informative histories of Red River trails, immigrant communities, and important industries.
Each entry includes the location of the marker or monument along the state's highways and county roads. For the traveler's ease of use, the entries are grouped by region and by county and many photographs convey a sense of the history to be found at these places. This handy and informative guide is the perfect traveling companion for your next road trip.

About Author
SARAH P. RUBINSTEIN is an editor at the Minnesota Historical Society Press.
514564 
Price: 13.95 USD

 
African Americans in Minnesota, David Vassar Taylor; foreword by Bill Holm.


12 African Americans in Minnesota
David Vassar Taylor; foreword by Bill Holm.
112 pages, 6 x 9, , 61 b&w illus., reading list, notes, index, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press
While making up a smaller percentage of Minnesota's population compared to national averages, African Americans have had a profound influence on the history and culture of the state from its earliest days to the present. In African Americans in Minnesota, author David Vassar Taylor chronicles the rich history of Blacks in the state through careful analysis of census and housing records, newspaper records, and first-person accounts. He recounts their triumphs and struggles over the past 200 years in a clear and concise narrative.
Major themes covered include settlement by Blacks during the territorial and early statehood periods; the development of urban Black communities in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Duluth; Blacks in rural areas; the emergence of Black community organizations and leaders in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries; and Black communities in transition during the turbulent last half of the twentieth century.
Taylor also introduces influential and notable African Americans: George Bonga, the first African American born in the region during the fur trade era; Harriet and Dred Scott, whose two-year residence at Fort Snelling in the 1830s later led to a famous, though unsuccessful, legal challenge to the institution of slavery; John Quincy Adams, publisher of the state's first Black newspaper; Fredrick L. McGhee, the state's first Black lawyer; community leaders, politicians, and civil servants including James Griffin, Sharon Sayles Belton, Alan Page, Jean Harris, and Dr. Richard Green; and nationally influential artists including August Wilson, Lou Bellamy, Prince, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis.

About Author
DAVID VASSAR TAYLOR, dean of the General College at the University of Minnesota, is a scholar of the African diaspora and author of Cap Wigington: An Architectural Legacy in Ice and Stone
514203 
Price: 13.95 USD

 
 
Outbreak and Massacre by the Dakota Indians in Minnesota in 1862: Marion P. Satterlee’s Minute Account of the Outbreak, with Exact Locations, Names of All Victims, Prisoners at Camp Release, Refugees at Fort Ridgely, etc. Complete List of Indians killed in battle and those hung, and those pardoned at Rock Island, Iowa, Don Heinrich Tolzmann


13 Outbreak and Massacre by the Dakota Indians in Minnesota in 1862: Marion P. Satterlee’s Minute Account of the Outbreak, with Exact Locations, Names of All Victims, Prisoners at Camp Release, Refugees at Fort Ridgely, etc. Complete List of Indians killed in battle and those hung, and those pardoned at Rock Island, Iowa
Don Heinrich Tolzmann
(2001), 2009, 5½x8½, paper, index, 140 pp, Heritage Books
Much has been written about the 1862 Sioux Uprising, or Dakota Conflict, in Minnesota, as its impact was dramatic. An immediate result was the flight of nearly 40,000 people from their homes, and an est. 1000 deaths. For many years the value of this work has been recognized by the descendants of those who perished during the conflict. It will aid descendents attempting to identify their ancestors, and also help locate the sites where family members lost their lives. Not for the faint-hearted, this work contains accounts of the massacres, a chronological list of massacres, casualty lists, a description of the “scalp dance,” a new introduction and an original full name index.
T1896 
Price: 16.00 USD

 
North Star State: A Minnesota History Reader, Edited by Anne Aby, foreword by Paul Gruchow


14 North Star State: A Minnesota History Reader
Edited by Anne Aby, foreword by Paul Gruchow
512 pp., 9 b&w illus., notes, index, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press / Borealis Books Imprint
An engaging history of Minnesota, told in compelling essays by the state's finest historians and writers.
Two hundred years of Minnesota history spring to life in this lively and captivating collection of essays. The North Star State encompasses the wide range of Minnesota's unique past--from the Civil War to the World Wars, from frontier life to the age of technological innovation, from Dakota and Ojibwe history to the story of St. Paul's black sleeping-car porters, from lumber workers and truckers' strikes to the women's suffrage movement.
In addition to investigative articles by the state's top historians, editor Anne Aby has assembled captivating first-person accounts from key moments in Minnesota history, including George Nelson's reminiscences of his years in the early nineteenth-century fur trade; the diary of Emily Goodridge Grey, an early African American settler; and Jasper N. Searles's letters home from the Battle of First Bull Run.
514440 
Price: 19.95 USD

 
 
Old Rail Fence Corners: Frontier Tales Told by Minnesota Pioneers, edited by Lucy Leavenworth Wilder Morris.


15 Old Rail Fence Corners: Frontier Tales Told by Minnesota Pioneers
edited by Lucy Leavenworth Wilder Morris.
367 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, illus., map, index, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Old Rail Fence Corners is the story of Minnesota's early settlers in their own words--hardship and happiness on the frontier. These simple, direct accounts, collected at the beginning of the twentieth century, paint vivid pictures of life in Minnesota from the 1840s to the 1860s. A new introduction by Marjorie Kreidburg decribes the life an times of the book and of Lucy Leavenworth Wilder Morris, its remarkable editor.

Reviews
"These personal anecdotes are the stuff of social history--the testimony of ordinary, everyday people, which, when pieced together, give us a picture of pioneer life." -- Marilyn J. Lass, Minnesota Reviews
511093 
Price: 14.95 USD

 

 

16 Minnesota Pioneer Sketches: From the Personal Recollections and Observations of a Pioneer Resident
Frank G. O’Brien
(1904), 2001, 6x9, paper, index, 391 pp, Heritage Books
An excellent history of the state from the perspective on one of its pioneers.
O0735 
Price: 33.50 USD

 
 

 

17 Floral Home: or, First Years of Minnesota Early Sketches, Later Settlements, and Further Development
Harriet E. Bishop
(1857), 2002, 5½x8½, paper, index, 345 pp , Heritage Books
This work chronicles the remarkable experiences of a young teacher, Harriet Bishop, who witnessed the earliest settlement in the territory known as Minnesota. Her work is interesting because it was published in 1857. Minnesota was not granted statehood until 1858. Written in a narrative format, this work includes portraits of prominent people, illustrations of vast expansive landscapes, poetry and a new fullname index. Bishop discusses issues from the perspective of an observer. Some topics she addresses include: the trafficking of alcohol, religion as central to pioneer life, the infancy of the lumber industry, and the importance of the role of women in America’s future as a nation. This work is insightful and enlightening, and Bishop gives the attention to detail necessary to create an accurate picture of what the experiences she is describing, involved. Some of the topics discussed are: The First Explorations, The First Traders and Missionaries, Fort Snelling, St. Paul, First Canoe Ride, Indian Character, Burial Rites, Indian Dance, Courting, The First School House, Rum’s Doing, Religious Efforts and Progress, The Climate, Natural Resources, Making Claims, Produce and Advance, Lake Minnetonka, St. Croix Valley, St. Anthony’s Falls, Minneapolis, Maiden’s Rock, New Towns on the Upper Mississippi, Inhabitants of Pembina, Great Thoroughfares, Indian Tribes, The Wakan Man, The Winnebagoes, The Chippewas, The Minnesota River, Purchase of Sioux Lands, The Minnesota Valley, Southern Minnesota, and Close of 1856.
B2165 
Price: 29.50 USD

 
Norwegians in Minnesota, Jon Gjerde and Carlton C. Qualey; foreword by Bill Holm.


18 Norwegians in Minnesota
Jon Gjerde and Carlton C. Qualey; foreword by Bill Holm.
110 pages, 6 x 9, 47 b&w illus., reading list, notes, index, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press
The images of the Vikings professional football team, the stereotype of the "Norwegian bachelor farmer," and even Minnesotan's speech patterns proclaim the Norwegian heritage of Minnesota. But the Norwegian settlers have contributed much more to the state, as authors Carlton C. Qualey and Jon A. Gjerde make clear. The Norwegians, who first arrived in territorial days, created lasting farming settlements, especially in the Red River Valley. Their Lutheran churches continue to dot the landscape. But their experience was also urban, as they entered the trades and industries of the Twin Cities. Today, the Norwegian influence is evident in Minnesota art, culture, cuisine, and speech. Norwegian culture permeates the state's character and helps define Minnesota's unique social, political, and business environment.

About Author
CARLTON C. QUALEY was a professor at Carleton College, editor of Immigration History Newsletter, and author of Norwegian Settlement in the United States.
JON A. GJERDE is professor of history at University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Middle West, 1830-1917.

Table of Contents



514211 
Price: 13.95 USD

 
 
Pocket Guide to Minnesota Place Names, Michael Fedo


19 Pocket Guide to Minnesota Place Names
Michael Fedo
168 pages, index by county, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press / Borealis Books Imprint
The Stories Behind 1,200 Places in the North Star State
A handy and entertaining pocket guide to the origins of place names of the North Star state.
Within our state's borders you'll find such exotic place names as Amor and Darling, Fertile and Conception, Comfort and Happyland, Looneyville and Nimrod, Flour Lake and the Diarrhoea River, Great Scott and Eureka, Home and Nowhere, Moonshine and Whiskey Creek, Stringtown and Pig's Eye, Snowball and North Pole, Embarrass and Kiester, Coin and Money Creek, and Chickentown and Bull Moose. But how did these places get such unusual names? Wonder no longer as author Michael Fedo relates the curious and prosaic ways in which a place gets named.
Place names tell a rich history of how our state was settled. This compact guide presents the fascinating stories behind over 1,200 Minnesota place names. Included are all the names you'd expect--counties, larger towns and cities, major lakes and rivers--as well as the curious and odd. Culled from over 20,000 entries in the classic work Minnesota Place Names by Warren Upham, this concise guide is the perfect companion for anyone who travels the highways and waterways of the North Star state.

A sampling from The Pocket Guide to Minnesota Place Names:
Darfur city (Watonwan County) was named either for a region of Sudan or when two Scandinavian railroad men questioned, "why you stop dar fur?"
Ivanhoe city (Lincoln County) was named by railroad officials for the hero of the novel by Sir Walter Scott. Many of the town's streets are named for characters in the novel.
Lucan city (Redwood County) may have been named for one of the railroad surveyors, Lou Kartak. When another surveyor was asked if he could think of a name for the town, he replied, "No, but maybe Lou can."
Money Creek township (Houston County) was named for the creek here, which was in turn named after a man got his pocketbook and contents wet in the creek and spread out the bank notes on a bush to dry. A sudden gust of wind blew them into the water again, and some of it was never recovered.
Nodine village (Winona County) was named by two government surveyors who could not find a place to eat.

About Author
MICHAEL FEDO is the author of four other books including The Lynchings in Duluth and The Man from Lake Wobegon and has been a contributor to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Christian Science Monitor. He lives in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, a place named, not surprisingly, for the numerous raccoons that used to frequent the banks of Coon Creek.
514246 
Price: 11.95 USD

 
A Guide To Family History Resources at the Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Historical Society Reference Staff.


20 A Guide To Family History Resources at the Minnesota Historical Society
Minnesota Historical Society Reference Staff.
120 pages, 20 b&w photos, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press
An indispensable and practical guide to the many genealogical resources at the Minnesota Historical Society, the state's premier archives of public and private records.
The Minnesota Historical Society has one of the richest collections of family and local history in the nation and is a valuable resource for the family historian. But that wealth of resources can also be overwhelming for the first-time visitor. This new work, compiled by the experienced and talented staff of the Society's Library and Collections Department, offers an expert guide to accessing the Society's myriad holdings and resources.
A Guide to Family History Resources at the Minnesota Historical Society is an essential tool for all genealogists researching Minnesota family, local, and state history. Highlighting the many holdings of the society, this unique handbook features a lengthy, annotated listing of resources in subject areas such as:
biographical, census, naturalization, cemetery, school, religious, business, court, government, legal, military, and veterans' records.
official statewide death records and index, 1908-96.
photographs, personal papers, oral histories, ethnic resources, and local and county histories.
family histories, newspapers, directories, passenger ship lists, and publications of genealogical organizations.
maps, atlases, and other geographical resources.
This book is an indispensable guide to a personal journey into the past for both beginning and experienced researchers who have discovered the value and pleasure of genealogy. Other researchers will also find in it a wealth of sources for topics of the new social history-studies of gender, families, ethnic groups, the urban and rural pasts, labor, material culture, and everyday life.
Based on their many years of assisting researchers, the Society's reference staff has collaborated to produce a unique guide to the immense resources available in the Society's collections at the Minnesota History Center.
514696 
Price: 14.95 USD

 
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