Author Archives: dakotasoulsisters

New History of South St. Paul Published

Arcadia Publishing/The History Press has released my new book on the History of South St. Paul. It’s a brief paperback with lots of previously unpublished photographs and focuses on the last thirty years of the city’s development. It’s a very … Continue reading

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January 2015 Update

One thing I’ve realized during these past few months of study and research is that there will never be enough time to learn and do all the things I want to do in a given day. After my months at … Continue reading

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Living in the Library Leads to Soul Sister Updates

I’ve been having a splendid time at the Gale Family Library of the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota. My research fellowship allows me the opportunity to do catch up on research that I’ve meant to do for years … Continue reading

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The Story of Mary Napexni

In the John Aiton Family Papers at the Minnesota Historical Society is an undated letter, written in cursive English script and addressed to “Dear Mrs. Aiton.”  The letter continues: “I think the rose you sent me very pretty. You were … Continue reading

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Letters from Jane: Inside the Dakota Mission, 1843-1883

It was only a few weeks ago that I sat in front of my screen preparing to share with you the story of Jane Smith Williamson, one of the most significant of the “Dakota Soul Sisters.” At that time, I … Continue reading

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Life of a Legend – Introduction to the Story of Jane Smith Williamson

All of the missionary women whose stories have been recorded in Dakota Soul Sisters to this point came to the Dakota mission when they were young. Most were new brides; others were single women who came to experience the adventure … Continue reading

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Heartbroken Heroine – Agnes Carson Johnson [Hopkins] [Pond] – Part IV

After Robert’s tragic death, Agnes had little choice but to take her children and return to her family in Ohio. She couldn’t make the trip alone, however, and it wasn’t until September that arrangements were made for her to travel … Continue reading

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