Dakota-U.S. War of 1862 traveling museum exhibit at SMSU Nov. 5-29
A traveling museum exhibit, "Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862," will be on display in the Southwest Minnesota State University Social Science Museum from Nov. 5-29.
The museum is located in Social Science 101. Its hours are 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, or by appointment.
An opening event featuring Janet Timmerman will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Charter Hall 201. Her presentation is "Red Earth, White Road."
This panel exhibit was produced by students in the course Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862," taught at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. In conjunction with the Nicollet County Historical Society, the students spent January 2012 immersed in the war's literature, voices, primary sources and sites.
The panels reflect the students' work and exploration. It cannot speak for all people and perspectives. The history is emotional, complicated and difficult. While the focus of the exhibit is on a six-week period in 1862, the entire story is much more than that.
The exhibit's appearance at SMSU is sponsored by the Southwest Minnesota Regional Research Center, the SMSU Social Science Museum and Department, the SMSU Oyate Club and the SMSU History Club.
The project itself was funded by Gustavus Adolphus College, Nicollet County Historical Society, Minnesota Humanities Center, Minnesota Historical Society and the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
To schedule an off-hours visit to the museum, call 507-537-7373, or e-mail: Emily.Schoephoerster@smsu.edu.
Civil War panel discussion Nov. 13
A panel discussion, "Remembering the Civil War, 1861-1865," will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Charter Hall 217 at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Four current or former SMSU faculty members will discuss various aspects of the Civil War as part of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the war, 2011-2015.
The panelists are:
Professor Emeritus of Education Lloyd Petersen, "We're Coming Mr. Lincoln;" Minnesota in the Civil War
History Professor Joan Gittens, "Lincoln and the Abolitionists"
Business Administration Professor Gerry Toland, "The Will of God Prevails;" Lincoln Issues the Emancipation Proclamation
History Professor Jeff Kolnick, "The Other Civil War: The U.S. Dakota War of 1862."
The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the SMSU History Club.