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Prairie Imperialists: The Indian Country Origins of American Empire

Reviewed by Renoir Gaither

Prairie Imperialists: The Indian Country Origins of American Empire Katharine Bjork Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019 352 pages; hard cover, 13 b&w photos, 5 maps, $64.95   Hamline University professor Katharine Bjork’s book, Prairie Imperialists:  The Indian Country Origins of…

The Heart of the Heartland: Norwegian American Community in the Twin Cities

Reviewed by Mary Lethert Wingerd

The Heart of the Heartland: Norwegian American Community in the Twin Cities David C. Mauk St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2022 472 pages; paperback, B&W illustrations, 7 maps, $29.95   As the title of this volume suggests, the Twin…

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A Natural Curiosity: The Story of the Bell Museum

Reviewer: Anne Field

A Natural Curiosity: The Story of the Bell Museum Lansing Shepard, Don Luce, Barbara Coffin, and Gwen Schagrin Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2022 400 pages; cloth cover/jacket, 310 color plates, $34.95 The Bell Museum, located on the edge of the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul…

Whiteness in Plain View: A History of Racial Exclusion in Minnesota

Reviewer: Renoir Gaither

Chad Montrie St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2022 272 pages; 26 b/w photos and 4 maps, notes, bibliography, index; $19.95 Reviewed by Renoir Gaither Chad Montrie’s book, Whiteness in Plain View: A History of Racial Exclusion in Minnesota, examines racial exclusion around job and housing discrimination meted…

Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling

Reviewer: Matthew W. Wright

2022 Minnesota Book Award Winner Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling Hampton Smith St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2021 256 pages; hardcover; $34.95 The past six years have seen the publication of two new histories of Fort Snelling…

A Private Wilderness: The Journals of Sigurd F. Olson

Reviewer: Anne Cowie

A Private Wilderness: The Journals of Sigurd F. Olson Sigurd F. Olson; David Backes, ed. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2021 376 pages; cloth cover/jacket, 74 b&w photos, 1 map, $29.95 Sigurd Olson, a father of the movement to save the Boundary Waters in the Quetico-Superior…

Minnesota’s Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell

Reviewer: Paul Nelson

Minnesota’s Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell Sue Leaf Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2020 280 pages; hardcover, 30 b&w plates, $29.95 Newton Horace Winchell deserves to be remembered. He was probably Minnesota’s greatest nineteenth-century scientist, a giant in not only geology but paleontology and…

The Life of Swede Hollow: a pictorial history

Reviewer: Bob Muschewske

The Life of Swede Hollow: a pictorial history Authors: Angela DuPaul and Karin DuPaul St. Paul, MN: Friends of Swede Hollow 115 pages; soft cover; 217 b&w photos and art; $18 In their 2019 book, The Life of Swede Hollow: a pictorial history, Angela and Karin DuPaul—a daughter and…

Massacre in Minnesota: The Dakota War of 1862, the Most Violent Ethnic Conflict in American History

Reviewer: Mary Lethert Wingerd

Massacre in Minnesota: The Dakota War of 1862, the Most Violent Ethnic Conflict in American History Gary Clayton Anderson Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2019 384 pages; hardcover, 42 b&w illustrations, 2 maps, $32.95 Did we really need another book about the Dakota War? My response…