Minnesota Historical Society Press

Minnesota Historical Society Press Check out our blog at http://discussions.mnhs.org/10000books/ On Twitter @MNHSPress Minnesota Historical Society Press publishes books on the history, art, and culture of the Upper Midwest.

Founded in 1859, it is the oldest publisher in the state and the largest historical society press in the country. We seek to publish books for a broad audience of general readers and specialists. Understanding that where we come from is crucial to who we are, the press publishes books that explore the importance of place in this rich and varied region we call home. Borealis Books, the national tra

Founded in 1859, it is the oldest publisher in the state and the largest historical society press in the country. We seek to publish books for a broad audience of general readers and specialists. Understanding that where we come from is crucial to who we are, the press publishes books that explore the importance of place in this rich and varied region we call home. Borealis Books, the national tra

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06/18/2021
"Curious and Romantic Sensation": S*x, Fraud, and Celebrity in the Leon A. Belmont Case of 1880

In celebration of Pride month, join us for a discussion hosted by Katie Thornton, an award-winning multimedia journalist, Fulbright Fellow, and former Gale Research Fellow. She'll be in conversation with Lizzie Ehrenhalt, author of the recent Minnesota History article "'Curious and Romantic Sensation': S*x, Fraud, and Celebrity in the Leon A. Belmont Case of 1880."

Between October 30 and November 25, 1880, Twin Cities newspapers published more than five dozen articles on a scandal that came to be known as “the Belmont sensation.” In them, reporters wrestled with how to respond to a person they perceived to be a woman seducing other women and dressing in clothes they associated with men. Their conclusions shifted as the sensation went on, with some writers expressing outrage and others celebrating Belmont as a hero. Rather than cancel each other out, these conflicting feelings reinforced each other and created a modern celebrity icon in the mold of Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, and P. T. Barnum.

Lizzie Ehrenhalt is a public historian and the editor of MNopedia, the digital encyclopedia of Minnesota history. She has a master's degree in archives management from the University of Michigan, a master's certificate in museum studies from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor's degree in gender studies and Latin from Oberlin College. With Tilly Laskey, she is a co-editor of Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Whipple, 1890‒1918, (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019). In MNopedia, she is the author of, most recently, "Over the Rainbow: Q***r and Trans History in Minnesota."

05/20/2021
Artist in the Gallery: Denise Lajimodiere & Angela Erdrich on "Josie Dances"

Join us for a conversation hosted by Collections Outreach Specialist Rita Walaszek Arndt (White Earth Ojibwe) with author Denise Lajimodiere (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) and illustrator Dr. Angela Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) as they share their new children's picture book, "Josie Dances".

In this Ojibwe girl’s coming-of-age story, Denise highlights her own daughter’s experience at powwow. Elegant artwork by Angela features not only Josie and her family but also the animals, seasons and heartbeat of Aki, Mother Earth, and the traditions that link Josie to generations past and yet to come.

This program will be streamed live and also archived as a recording on Facebook and YouTube.

The Artist in the Gallery series highlights many of the artists featured in the Our Home: Native Minnesota exhibit. Support for this program provided by the Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation.

Wisdom from screenwriter and playwright David Lawrence Grant, one of the contributors to @sunyungshin's  "A Good Time fo...
04/21/2021
Opinion | What ‘Minnesota Nice’ Sweeps Under the Rug

Wisdom from screenwriter and playwright David Lawrence Grant, one of the contributors to @sunyungshin's "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota".

"The true core issue is that in addition to enforcing the kinds of laws we can all agree on, law enforcement has also been used in a thousand different ways, large and small, to enforce the second-class citizenship of people who look like my son, my grandsons and me."
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/opinion/sunday/daunte-wright-racism-minnesota.html

The beloved stereotype about our state’s cult of politeness would have you believe that there’s no toehold for white supremacy here.

36 Finalists Blog: Jane Lamm Carroll | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
04/16/2021
36 Finalists Blog: Jane Lamm Carroll | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

36 Finalists Blog: Jane Lamm Carroll | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

Jane Lamm Carroll, author of Daybreak Woman: An Anglo-Dakota Life Emilie Buchwald Award for Minnesota Nonfiction, sponsored by Bookmobile Craft Digital Each week leading up to the 33rd annual Minnesota Book Awards announcement, we are featuring exclusive interviews with our 36 finalists. You can als...

36 Finalists Blog: Anton Treur | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
04/14/2021
36 Finalists Blog: Anton Treur | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

36 Finalists Blog: Anton Treur | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

Anton Treur, author of The Language Warrior’s Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds General Nonfiction category Each week leading up to the 33rd annual Minnesota Book Awards announcement, we are featuring exclusive interviews with our 36 finalists. You can also watch the au...

36 Finalists Blog: Virginia Wright-Peterson | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
04/14/2021
36 Finalists Blog: Virginia Wright-Peterson | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

36 Finalists Blog: Virginia Wright-Peterson | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

Virginia Wright-Peterson, author of A Woman’s War, Too: Women at Work During World War II Emilie Buchwald Award for Minnesota Nonfiction, sponsored by Bookmobile Craft Digital Each week leading up to the 33rd annual Minnesota Book Awards announcement, we are featuring exclusive interviews with our...

We are grateful for Jonathan Thunder's "visual poetry"! (We've had the pleasure of working with him as the illustrator o...
04/07/2021
Discover the Art of Ojibwe Storyteller Jonathan Thunder - TPT Originals

We are grateful for Jonathan Thunder's "visual poetry"! (We've had the pleasure of working with him as the illustrator of "Bowwow Powwow" and "Anooj Inaajimod".)

  Duluth painter and multi-media artist Jonathan Thunder recently spoke to Almanac's Kaomi Lee about creating work that reflects on current events

Congratulations to Alexs Pate! Check out "Blues Vision", the book he edited with Pamela Fletcher and J. Otis Powell‽ tha...
04/02/2021
2021 Kay S*xton Award | The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

Congratulations to Alexs Pate! Check out "Blues Vision", the book he edited with Pamela Fletcher and J. Otis Powell‽ that we co-published with Minnesota Humanities Center: https://www.mnhs.org/mnhspress/books/blues-vision

Alexs Pate Named 2021 Kay S*xton Award Recipient  SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, March 30, 2021 – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced today that Alexs Pate is the winner of the 2021 Kay S*xton Award for his significant contributions to and leadership in Minnesota’s l...

03/31/2021
Funny Thing About Minnesota: A Woman's Place is in the (virtual) Spotlight

The history of Twin Cities' stand-up comedy includes a roster of incredible homegrown female talents who broke down barriers, muscled their way into the rooms, and established their own voices.

Patrick Strait, author of the new book, "Funny Thing About Minnesota..." will host a live conversation with special guests, Stephanie Hodge, Priscilla Nelson, Karen Pickering and Kristin Andersen-Anderson, as they share memories and stories on how they helped pave the way for generations to come.

More info about the book at https://www.mnhs.org/.../books/funny-thing-about-minnesota

Some content in this video may be inappropriate for younger audiences.

Another installment of FARGO audition tapes from Todd Melby, author of the forthcoming book, "A Lot Can Happen in the Mi...
02/26/2021
Fargo Movie Auditions: Michelle Hutchison (Es**rt)

Another installment of FARGO audition tapes from Todd Melby, author of the forthcoming book, "A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo". The Coen Brothers cast Michelle Hutchison as the es**rt in Fargo. She's the one sitting next to Steve Buscemi, sipping champagne and listening to José Feliciano at the nightclub. In this audition, she's reading for the role of Ho**er #1 and Ho**er #2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcMgZc-BmL8

The Coen Brothers cast Michelle Hutchison as the es**rt in Fargo. She's the one sitting next to Steve Buscemi, sipping champagne and listening to José Felici...

New Book Details The History Of Twin Cities Comedy Scene
02/23/2021
New Book Details The History Of Twin Cities Comedy Scene

New Book Details The History Of Twin Cities Comedy Scene

Patrick Strait, author of "Funny Thing About Minnesota: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of the Twin Cities Comedy Scene," explains (). WCCO Mid-Morning - February 23, 2021

We're delighted to share that Dr. Christopher P. Lehman, author of the Minnesota Book Award winning book, "Slavery's Rea...
02/19/2021

We're delighted to share that Dr. Christopher P. Lehman, author of the Minnesota Book Award winning book, "Slavery's Reach" is featured in the Hennepin County Library's Black History Makers series. For a list of more MNHS Press books about African American History in Minnesota, visit https://bit.ly/3pAMgLY

HCL is celebrating Black History Month by featuring current history makers in our community. Today we are featuring Dr. Christopher P. Lehman.

Dr. Lehman studies local history and how African Americans contribute to it. He teaches this history in his courses at St. Cloud State University. He wrote about the history for his book, “Slavery’s Reach.” It won the Minnesota Book Award in the Minnesota Nonfiction category in 2020.

-- What inspires you to do the work you do in your community?

I am inspired by the thirst that my students have for deeper histories of their communities. They want to know how people who look like them, or who lived where they live, did important things in this country. Their curiosity then makes me curious, and then I start my research.

-- What part of this work for your community are you most proud of?

I like hearing from people who tell me that they understand Minnesota better or their communities better after having read my work. I'm glad when they appreciate the roles that many groups of people played in Minnesota's history.

Yay! We have two more Minnesota Book Award finalists! Congrats to Jane Lamm Carroll and Virginia Wright-Peterson.
02/01/2021

Yay! We have two more Minnesota Book Award finalists! Congrats to Jane Lamm Carroll and Virginia Wright-Peterson.

Congratulations to Anton Treuer for making the Minnesota Book Award Finalist list!
02/01/2021

Congratulations to Anton Treuer for making the Minnesota Book Award Finalist list!

Congrats to "Bowwow Powwow" author Brenda Child, illustrator Jonathan R. Thunder, and translator Gordon Jordain for maki...
01/28/2021
Let’s Read Native in 2021 | Kirkus Reviews

Congrats to "Bowwow Powwow" author Brenda Child, illustrator Jonathan R. Thunder, and translator Gordon Jordain for making the inaugural list of the American Indian Library Association (AILA)'s "Read Native 21" initiative! Looking for more books by Native authors? Check out the recommendations from our friends over at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post.
( https://www.facebook.com/page/96345403654/search/?q=books)

There are 48 weeks left in the year for folks to take advantage of a very cool reading initiative created by the American Indian Library Association.

Jean Brookins, director of the Minnesota Historical Society Press from 1981 to 1997, died on January 17, 2021. Jean firs...
01/26/2021

Jean Brookins, director of the Minnesota Historical Society Press from 1981 to 1997, died on January 17, 2021. Jean first worked at the Society in the late 1950s and early 1960s, co-authoring Minnesota’s Major Historic Sites: A Guide, a book that helped propel the creation of the sites network. She moved away for several years, then returned to MNHS in 1967 and became the Press's managing editor. In 1981 she became director. She brought the Press’s publishing practices into the modern world, hiring our first marketing person and our first editor from a university press, sending staff to academic conferences, and revamping the order fulfillment process. The Press had been publishing books occasionally, whenever they were ready; under Jean, we began producing seasonal lists of well-reviewed books. We started a reprint series and a memoir series. As MNHS membership and readership skyrocketed in the 1990s, she oversaw the expansion of Minnesota History into a longer, more beautifully designed magazine. She supervised a strong research department that administered up to $60,000 in state-funded grants per year, supporting good work that sometimes became articles or books.

Photo caption: MNHS staff Christmas party, 1959. Standing, from left: Jean Brookins, Guy with a Sense of Humor, Karen Avaloz, Lois Fawcett; Joyce Olson is at the piano.

Jean Brookins, director of the Minnesota Historical Society Press from 1981 to 1997, died on January 17, 2021. Jean first worked at the Society in the late 1950s and early 1960s, co-authoring Minnesota’s Major Historic Sites: A Guide, a book that helped propel the creation of the sites network. She moved away for several years, then returned to MNHS in 1967 and became the Press's managing editor. In 1981 she became director. She brought the Press’s publishing practices into the modern world, hiring our first marketing person and our first editor from a university press, sending staff to academic conferences, and revamping the order fulfillment process. The Press had been publishing books occasionally, whenever they were ready; under Jean, we began producing seasonal lists of well-reviewed books. We started a reprint series and a memoir series. As MNHS membership and readership skyrocketed in the 1990s, she oversaw the expansion of Minnesota History into a longer, more beautifully designed magazine. She supervised a strong research department that administered up to $60,000 in state-funded grants per year, supporting good work that sometimes became articles or books.

Photo caption: MNHS staff Christmas party, 1959. Standing, from left: Jean Brookins, Guy with a Sense of Humor, Karen Avaloz, Lois Fawcett; Joyce Olson is at the piano.

We were honored to work with Laura Waterman Wittstock. She wrote the text for "We Are Still Here: A Photographic History...
01/21/2021
Laura Waterman Wittstock, Native advocate and co-founder of Migizi, dies at 83

We were honored to work with Laura Waterman Wittstock. She wrote the text for "We Are Still Here: A Photographic History of the American Indian Movement" featuring the photos of Dick Bancroft. She also hosted "First Person Radio" on KFAI and interviewed several of our authors over the years. Her voice will be missed.

In 2002, she was appointed to the Minneapolis Library Board, where she served for six years.

Dr. Chaunda L. Scott, one of the editors of "Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century" shares her wisdom on human...
01/19/2021
Professor to discuss race relations, social justice

Dr. Chaunda L. Scott, one of the editors of "Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century" shares her wisdom on human diversity and social justice at a virtual event this Thursday. W/ Minnesota's Black Community Project

TROY — Last summer saw protests across the country that called attention to police brutality against minorities, highlighting the injustice that people of color have faced for generations.

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So wonderful learning how Todd Melby put together his wonderful examination of "Fargo." A worthy study of a legendary film!
I reviewed the recently published cookbook, Land of 10,000 Plates. It was not on GoodReads, so I added it, but probably publishers add more info and have more control (like linking the author to her other book Jul) and so on - things a reader cannot do. It was not on StoryGraph either, though there it was imported using the ISBN, so that info is probably optimal already.
We still have tickets left for the 3 pm & 6 pm, come on over for supper or a late lunch! (Please share)
THANK U 4 KEEPIN HIM ALIVE IN OUR HEARTS
RIP Prince and rest well in Heaven💜💜
Hello, just a note to inform you of a 1905 photo album with lots of Ramsey County photos in it. Thank you
The Dakota War of 1862. America’s most forgotten Indian War. Hundreds of movies have been made about the battles between the troops of the US Army and the warriors of the Plains Indians but none were ever made about this war or these battles. The now bucolic countryside of southwestern Minnesota doesn’t seem to be a proper setting for an Indian War. How could anything heroic, or bloody, ever have happened there? Yet there was a war there. A bloody one. Over a hundred white soldiers were killed in action. Only the Battle of the Little Big Horn had more casualties. Hundreds of white settlers were killed, most of them murdered in cold blood. The number of Dakota Indians who died during the war is unknown, but those who died afterwards-executed in the biggest mass hanging in US history and confined in prison camps and forced onto wretched reservations, runs well into the hundreds. Much blood was spilled, both white and red, still little note has been taken of the carnage. Indian Blood is one modern man’s search for the truth behind stories his Great Aunt told him about “The Uprising” when he was a child. A search for his ancestors. Ancestors whose lives were intertwined with the Dakota War. Though he didn’t know that when he began searching. His search spans more than 30 years. It takes him along a winding frustrating path with many dead ends and detours. Some of his childish questions are answered, but for each question answered a new more vexing question is raised. He needs a lot of help to find the truth. Murder and blood are at the source of that truth. But finding that bloody truth is not enough. He must do something about that long-hidden truth once he has found it. Search “Indian Blood”, including parentheses, on Amazon and you’ll find out the whole story.
I'm thrilled that Minnesota Historical Society Press will b publishing "Prince - Before The Rain" with the iconic Prince photography by Allen Beaulieu. I can't wait 2 get my hands on the book with 224 pages of awesomeness!
Who do I speak with about this rare cabinet photo of a white male and white female being carried in sedan chairs, note the address in the right corner..