Letters from Jane – The Story of Jane Williamson and the Dakota Mission

Author PhotoOn Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. I will be presenting a program on Jane Smith Williamson in the History Lounge at the Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102. The museum and my presentation are free on Tuesdays so this is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to all that MNHS has to offer.

Jane Williamson spent nearly 50 years with the Dakota in Minnesota as both a teacher and a Presbyterian missionary. She never married and devoted her life to trying to improve the quality of life for her Dakota students in terms of their daily lives, trying to ensure that they had warm clothes, enough food and sufficient shelter.

She also was an astute businesswoman and a marvelous correspondent as she captured the daily life of the mission in letters that she wrote to friends and family across the country. My goal is to see her never before published letters combined into a volume that is accessible to the public.

Her story is really intriguing – from her birth into a slave-holding family in South Carolina to her childhood in an ardent abolitionist home in Ohio to her work with the Dakota in Minnesota and South Dakota. Hope to see you at MNHS on January 26.


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3 Responses to Letters from Jane – The Story of Jane Williamson and the Dakota Mission

  1. Terri Dinesen says:

    I would love to attend this presentation! However evening presentations can be problematic for out of towners 🙂 Is there a chance that there will be a video of this presentation available?

  2. I don’t think the History Center videos any of the presentations unfortunately but i will let them know of your request.


  3. Louis Garcia says:

    A friend notified me of your wonderful website. I only use email: louis.garcia@littlehoop.edu
    I am the token white guy in the Bdecan Presbyterian church, Tokio, ND. I am the Spirit Lake Nation historian and teach carpentry at the Cankdeska Cikana Community College. I have written an essay on the first 100 years of our Dakota Presbytery church. Please contact me.
    He miye do, Louie

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