Category Archives: Women in Minnesota

Life of a Legend – The Story of Jane Smith Williamson – Part V – A Word about “Dearest Cousin Lizzie”

The oldest letter I have that was written by Jane Williamson is dated October 8, 1842, seven months before she came to Lac qui Parle. The letter is written to Jane’s cousin, Elizabeth Burgess, who was living in Belpre, Ohio … Continue reading

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Life of a Legend – The Story of Jane Smith Williamson – Part IV

Jane had been at Lac qui Parle just about a year when Thomas submitted his annual report to the A.B.C.F.M. in September 1844. He reported that Dakota men and boys had attended school an average of 20 days each; females … Continue reading

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Life of a Legend – The Story of Jane Smith Williamson – Part II

Jane Williamson was 21 years old when her brother Thomas graduated from Yale University Medical School and returned to Ohio where he opened a practice in the growing city of Ripley in 1824. Jane had established her own career as … Continue reading

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

On 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 … Continue reading

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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 It’s a brief paperback with lots of previously unpublished photographs and focuses on the last thirty years of the city’s development.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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