Lois A. Glewwe

I am an independent historian who is the author/editor/designer of:

South St. Paul Centennial, 1887-1987; South St. Paul Chapter, Dakota County Historical Society, South St. Paul, MN; Josten’s Press, 1987

West St. Paul Centennial, 1889-1989; West St. Paul Centennial Commission; West St. Paul, MN; Josten’s Press, 1989

Inver Grove Heights: Minnesota’s Treasure; Inver Grove Heights Centennial Commission, Inver Grove Heights, MN; Josten’s Press, 1990

The Glewwe Family History, Globe Printing and Publishing, South St. Paul, MN, 1999

Memories, by G.A. Schulte; Donald H. Madvig, Translator; Lois Glewwe, Designer and Editor, North American Baptist Heritage Commission, Sioux Falls, SD, 2006

“The Journey of the Prisoners,” in Trails of Tears: Minnesota’s Dakota Indian Exile Begins, Mary Hawker Bakeman and Antona M. Richardson, Editors, Prairie Echoes Press, Roseville, MN 2008

A Brief History of South St. Paul, Minnesota, Arcadia/The History Press, Charleston, SC., December 2015.

I graduated from South St. Paul High School and completed my B.A. at the University of Minnesota in Art History. I received my M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Southeast Asian Studies with a focus on the art of India. Since 2001, I have devoted my history research to Minnesota History with an emphasis on the period from 1800-1900.

21 Responses to Lois A. Glewwe

  1. Karen Britton says:

    Thank you Lois for joining us at our PEO meeting tonight and sharing the story of these amazing women.

  2. Bryan says:

    I found the Memoir of Mrs. Sophia Josephine Huggins enthralling. Thank you for making the amazing lives of the early pioneers come to life.

  3. Lou Ritten says:

    Hi Lois,
    I find these stories fascinating. I am contemplating a meeting in the Twins Cities in a couple years (probably 2015) for Lewis and Clark buffs and some of your work might fit in well. Might we be able to chat or email at some point?

  4. Gretchen Fleener says:

    Hello Lois! I am researching my family’s history and am wondering if there is anywhere I can purchase your book, “Inver Grove Heights: Minnesota’s Treasure.” Apparently there is info on my family in your book (Johann & Elizabeth Kirchner), and I’ve heard you have a photo of Johann’s cabin as well…would love to get a copy if possible! 🙂 If you have any info, please email me at gretchen(at)paintertainment(dot)com Thank you!!

  5. I am a DeBow from Chicago with the same ancestors. Please feel to include yourself on our FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DEBOW/

  6. schlepone says:

    Just wanted to say that your writing is wonderful. Thank you very much!!

  7. Kat Duff says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your discoveries in the Gale library! I am a Gale descendant, and have a special interest in family torn apart by the US-Dakota war, and the effects the war has had on the generations that followed. I hope you will have a chance to tell us more about Jane Smith Williamson when you finish your current project.

  8. Linda says:

    Is it possible to buy a copy of “The History of Inver Grove Heights: Minnesota’s Treasure?

  9. Sharon says:

    I would like to purchase a copy of “The History of IGHs” as well for a friend’s 90th birthday. Any copies available?

    • Sorry Sharon but there are no copies of the IGH history available anywhere to just buy. You can occasionally find one on Amazon but they are quite pricy. I’ve tried to get the city to reprint it but no luck so far. Keep watching for garage and estate sales where sometimes one will show up. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help…also sorry I never got your message. I’m not sure why.

  10. Russ Czaplewski says:

    I have enjoyed these posts. My Ellison family from Adams County, OH is mentioned. Thank you for sharing this research.

  11. Bruce Alan Aiton says:

    I so much enjoy Dakota Soul Sisters. The stories give life to my family history studies. At times I feel like I’m there with GrGr Grandparents John and Mary Aiton. Thank you.

  12. Good Afternoon!
    I am the program manager at the Scott County Historical Society. I wanted to connect with you and see if you would have any interest in coming and sharing your research and stories with us. You can reach me at 952-445-0378, or by emailing rjames@scottcountyhistory.org. Thanks! -Rose

  13. Dione Longley says:

    Wow. What a pleasure to read your blog! So unusual to find someone who is both a great researcher AND a great writer, Thanks for making these fascinating people come alive. I happened across your blog while researching abolitionist Thomas Longley, Mary Ann Clark Longley’s father. I found it astonishing that Mary would go west to live among Native Americans considering her family history: Thomas’s great-grandfather, John Longley, had been taken captive by Native Americans in the 1690s, and his parents and several siblings massacred in front of him. Of course, it wasn’t the Sioux who killed her ancestors, but I can’t help thinking that Mary must have felt a shiver of foreboding.

    • Thanks Dione – I had never heard that story about John Longley. I’ve always struggled to understand both the passion for working with the Dakota while leaving their abolitionist battle behind but I suppose in the end, they saw both the enclaved and the Native as needing salvation and civilization. Sorry I’m not always complimentary about Mary Riggs – she was just always kind of whiny about things but she never mentioned her ancestor’s experience with the Native Americans in th 1690s.

  14. Linda Lounsbury says:

    Wyoming territory legislature passed the woman suffrage bill in 1869, and when Wyoming became a state in 1890 woman suffrage was in the state constitution. A summary is in Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_suffrage_in_Wyoming)

  15. Peter Olson says:

    Hello! My name is Peter Olson. My mother was Lois A. Glewwe, born Nov. 21, 1923, in St. Paul. Have you heard of her? How can I obtain your Glewwe Family History? Thank you for your time.

    • Hello Peter! Yes, of course I knew your mother. We connected many years ago when she saw my name in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press before I published the family history. I was the communications director for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and we touched base. Then when I began work on the history more seriously, she and your dad were living in North Carolina but we mailed stories and photos back and forth and your mom wrote a delightful poem about having a name like Glewwe! Unfortunately, there are no books anymore. They all sold by 2000 and I have no plans to reprint, especially 20 years later when there have literally been thousands of births and deaths. I could email you the pages about your family if you wish or, you might want to talk to your sister – she knew she had your mother’s copy of the history when I spoke with her last year and just assumed it was packed away somewhere. My actual email is lglewwe@hotmail.com which is probably a better way to get in touch with me rather than this blog page. Thanks!


  16. Keith Mathews says:

    I am so pleased ‘you’ are there. Fanny Huggins and Jonas Pettijohn are GGGG Grandparents of mine. We live in Central Washington State and love ancestry and history.

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