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Scholars Awarded Legacy Fellowships to Advance Minnesota History
The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to announce the first recipients of Legacy Research Fellowships. The competitive fellowship is designed to support research on Minnesota history that is conducted at the Society’s Gale Family Library. The fellowship is open to any post-college Minnesota scholar.
The winners and their topics:
Andrea Klein Bergman
Case study of socio-cultural integration of Tibetan Americans in Minnesota.
“Why is Swift County Blue?” a study of the rural western Minnesota county that has voted Democratic in national elections since 1932, while all the surrounding counties have voted Republican.
Research on Dakota missionary Jane Smith Williamson and the relationship of the Lac qui Parle mission school with government schools for Native children.
History of four Minneapolis neighborhoods surrounding the University of Minnesota.
Study of the use of public land acquired through Indian treaties to underwrite the development of private industrial, transportation and mining empires.
Study of the role of Stephen R. Riggs in the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux, part of a larger project to understand how Christian missionaries understood their role of proselytizing the Dakota.
Annotated bibliography of primary sources on 19th century Minnesota politician Henry Rice.
All fellowship recipients receive a stipend. Recipients will write articles for MNopedia, MNHS’s online resource for reliable information about significant people, places, events and things in Minnesota history. Several hope to produce articles for MNHS’s journal, Minnesota History, as well.
Guidelines for the second round of Legacy Research Fellowships will be posted on the Research Fellows website July 1. Application deadline is October 1.
The Minnesota Historical Society Gale Family Library is located in the History Center at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Regular library hours are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.
The Legacy Research Fellowship is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.